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2000 Stories by Leslie Camhi

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  • Tales from Tativille

    published December 12, 2000

    Mr. Hulot was Jacques Tati's most famous creation. A tall, silent figure in a smashed hat and crumpled raincoat, a polite witness to all modern... More >>

  • Vanity Fair

    published November 21, 2000

    The Countess de Castiglione cared little for Parisian social conventions. "She would appear at gatherings like a goddess descended from the... More >>

  • Sibling Revelry

    published November 14, 2000

    French director Danièle Thompson arrived in New York with her luggage lost in transit, but the Parisian sisters in her film, La... More >>

  • Art Eclipsed by Fame

    published October 31, 2000

    Few artists find their legacies obscured by their status as global media celebrities. Yoko Ono is among them. Long before she became a Beatle's... More >>

  • Amos Gitai’s Tour of Duty

    published October 31, 2000

    Amos Gitai was born in Haifa on October 11, 1950, to a Bauhaus-trained architect and the daughter of Zionist pioneers. But he was born as a... More >>

  • Great Leaps Forward

    published October 10, 2000

    Durham County, England, in 1984, is a land of dreary brick houses and circumscribed horizons. Billy Elliot, British director Stephen... More >>

  • Survival Guides

    published September 19, 2000

    Only a surrealist would cast Isabella Rossellini as an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman. But in Left Luggage, Dutch actor-director Jeroen... More >>

  • City Limits

    published September 5, 2000

    You see them on the streets of any Spanish city—old women in shapeless black dresses, their broad bodies moving slowly through the hurrying... More >>

  • Behind Enemy Lines

    published August 8, 2000

    In 1943, Felice Schragenheim, a young Jewish woman circulating undercover in wartime Berlin, flirted with and then fell for Lilly Wust, mother of... More >>

  • Jules Dassin’s Urban Legends

    published July 25, 2000

    After five years, Tony le Stephanois—down-and-out, tubercular gangster—has finally gotten out of the pen. His girlfriend has shacked up... More >>

  • Imitation of Life

    published July 4, 2000

    Scratch the surface of 1950s American postwar prosperity and you'll find an era rife with paranoia and anxiety, where rampant conformity bred... More >>

  • Bringing Utopian Visions Back to the Armory

    published June 20, 2000

    The Armory at 26th Street is illustrious in both art and military history as the home of the 1913 exhibition that brought European modernism to... More >>

  • Calm Within the Storm

    published May 30, 2000

    "We live three times as long since the invention of cinema," says a character in Edward Yang's Yi-Yi (A One and a Two), an intimate... More >>

  • The Anatomy of Memory

    published May 9, 2000

    "Was there anything other than courage in the Resistance?" a young girl in 1969 asks her father, a pharmacist in the French town of... More >>

  • Bow’s Travails

    published April 25, 2000

    So many "It" Girls have come and gone since the term was invented for Clara Bow. But who, on-screen, could equal her sensuality, emotional fervor,... More >>

  • I Want It That Way

    published April 18, 2000

    Romantic ruins, Shetland ponies, luscious lawns, and rose gardens—for the English, Ireland had everything. But by 1920, the natives were... More >>

  • Incredible Shrinking Art

    published April 18, 2000

    Walking into D'Amelio Terras, you get a glimpse of God's perspective on his own creation. Forty individuals, reduced to one-tenth of their... More >>

  • Look Who's Balkan

    published April 11, 2000

    This annual festival of recent features and documentaries from Greece and the Balkans offers a mix of films as eclectic and sometimes volatile as... More >>

  • Stalin for Time

    published April 4, 2000

    In 1946, Stalin issued a proclamation offering Russians in exile Soviet citizenship if they would return to help rebuild their ravaged homeland.... More >>

  • Screen Saver

    published March 14, 2000

    Television was the clock of my generation. We passed our childhood in a blur of half-hour programs and 30-second commercials; we told time by the... More >>

  • Another Country, Not Her Own

    published March 14, 2000

    Umbrellas in the sun protect the Anglo-Indian characters in Cotton Mary from "unsightly" darkening. Ismail Merchant (one half of... More >>

  • Israeli Gears

    published February 22, 2000

    Some 40 selections, including features, documentaries, and made-for-TV miniseries, are screening in this year's Israeli Film Festival, an ever... More >>

  • China’s Class Consciousness

    published February 15, 2000

    The school as microcosm of society is part of a long cinematic tradition, from the little anarchists of Zéro de Conduite to the... More >>

  • The Body Oozes Out of Bounds

    published February 8, 2000

    An amorphous, flesh-toned blob holds center stage in Jeanne Dunning's new show of photographs and videos. It's there in the photograph of a... More >>

  • A City Jump-starts Art and Commerce

    published January 18, 2000

    In 1910, the critic Karl Scheffler, watching Berlin's spectacular expansion, remarked that the city was fated "always to be in the process of... More >>

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