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2001 Stories by Leslie Camhi

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  • Late Bloomer

    published December 18, 2001

    Old women are expected to behave themselves—to act kindly, to nod quietly, to fill the hours with knitting or caring for African violets. May... More >>

  • Awakenings

    published December 4, 2001

    "Strangers fight for a short time, families for a lifetime," says a character in Broken Silence, Basque director Montxo Armendáriz's... More >>

  • Truth and Reconciliation

    published October 30, 2001

    On a recent Saturday night at a Hasidic home in Brooklyn, a mother of 10 children ushered her guests past a dining room lined with leather-bound... More >>

  • Verse Into Video

    published October 23, 2001

    Cuba and Manhattan are very different islands, yet their natives share the sense of isolation that comes from inhabiting a small piece of land... More >>

  • Systems Analyst

    published October 2, 2001

    Anyone considering art's role in the current crisis should remember the Great Buddhas of Bamiyan, two priceless, towering, 1500-year-old statues... More >>

  • Domestic Disturbances

    published October 2, 2001

    In La Ciénaga, life is an accident waiting to happen. Lucrecia Martel's first feature is suffused with mingled menace and lethargy.... More >>

  • Goddesses and Monsters

    published September 4, 2001

    A pair of 12-foot-tall, inflatable pink bunnies greet visitors to "My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation," an... More >>

  • Still Lives in Perpetual Motion

    published September 4, 2001

    Iranian culture sometimes seems to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, its pre-revolutionary past buried under political repression, its... More >>

  • Lush hour

    published August 14, 2001

    Norway and England, worlds apart, represent different states of mind in Aberdeen, Hans Petter Moland's harsh but strangely lyrical drama of... More >>

  • Howe Does It Feel

    published July 31, 2001

    Cinematographer James Wong Howe's career spanned six decades of stylistic change and technical innovation. His manipulations of light and shadow... More >>

  • Conversation Piece

    published July 24, 2001

    Joseph Grigely breathes new life into the dying art of conversation. Grigely, an artist who became deaf at age 10, often chats with hearing people... More >>

  • Webbed Feat

    published June 26, 2001

    "A fag and a commie in a jail cell"—so a studio memo described Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), a "marketing nightmare." Rejected by... More >>

  • Far and Away

    published June 19, 2001

    The movie camera defies gravity in Himalaya, an action picture with yaks set 12,000 feet above sea level. French documentarian Eric Valli,... More >>

  • For Your Ice Only

    published May 29, 2001

    CANNES, FRANCEÑZacharias Kunuk grew up along the coast of the Canadian Arctic, where until the age of nine he and his family lived... More >>

  • Diner for Two

    published May 15, 2001

    Take a couple of love-starved women, add a few jerky, insecure men, throw in some grimy downtown New York locations, stir it all together with... More >>

  • Money Changes Everything

    published May 1, 2001

    Layered with politics and philosophy like a rich moussaka, the 17 selections in this festival of new Greek cinema emerge from a land where even... More >>

  • Doll Parts

    published April 17, 2001

    In a late photographic portrait of Hans Bellmer, the artist stands behind his lover, Unica Zürn, who is encircled by the arms of a life-size... More >>

  • Flowers of Taiwan

    published April 17, 2001

    For film buffs, the phrase "Made in Taiwan" suggests the carefully composed, acutely observed, and historically complex explorations of self and... More >>

  • Matters of Taste

    published April 10, 2001

    The 7th Avignon/New York Film Festival presents the usual panoply of social outcasts, ill people, and perverts that give both French and American... More >>

  • Cannibal Lector

    published April 3, 2001

    Tobias Schneebaum claims The Village Voice was founded in his living room. In 1955, Norman and Adele Mailer were his East Village... More >>

  • Satan Tango

    published March 27, 2001

    An icon of persecution and an object of longing, the shtetl has undergone a small revival in recent European cinema. Simon Magus, an... More >>

  • Game Show

    published March 20, 2001

    A friend regularly attended Sophie Calle's birthday parties in Paris between 1980 and 1993. Each year, he groaned at the invitation. Calle would... More >>

  • Israeli Films Go Back to the Present

    published February 20, 2001

    "How can you build a house upon another house?" asks a Palestinian construction worker in Bait (1978), Amos Gitai's film about a... More >>

  • Day Trippers

    published February 13, 2001

    A perpetual state of emergency reigns over Israel, where amid the hectic pace of events, it's best to take things slowly. "Day by day" is the... More >>

  • The Nonconformist

    published February 6, 2001

    Agnès Jaoui may have directed the highest-grossing comedy in France last year, but in person she's intense, soft-spoken, and serious. Jaoui... More >>

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