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2002 Stories by Leslie Camhi

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  • It's No Joke

    published December 10, 2002

    Childhood misery is often mitigated by the secret hope that someday grown-up life will be better; the adult variety is far more depressing. Two... More >>

  • Once Were Warriors

    published December 3, 2002

    The 30 features in this annual series of recent Spanish film are a varied lot, but together they suggest that politics and melodrama remain the... More >>

  • Continental Rifts

    published December 3, 2002

    This series of 10 films highlights the work of Dutch directors who find their inspiration in a host of global locations. Tussenland/Sleeping... More >>

  • The Lovely Bones

    published November 19, 2002

    In 1861, the photographer Nadar visited the catacombs of Paris, a sepulchral netherworld that still lies beneath the living city. He was already... More >>

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    published November 5, 2002

    Alfredo Jaar makes poetic installations that counter our culture's indifference to pictures of far-off tragedies with creative... More >>

  • Cold Sun

    published October 29, 2002

    The past decade's influx of immigrants into Scandinavia from parts south is inspiring a global post-post-Bergman Swedish cinema. This series of... More >>

  • Dinner Is Served

    published October 15, 2002

    Visiting the United States in 1947, Simone de Beauvoir was puzzled by the institution of the dinner party. Busy as she and Jean-Paul Sartre were,... More >>

  • Delphine Oracle

    published October 15, 2002

    She floated, an elegant specter, through films by Alain Resnais, François Truffaut, and Joseph Losey, her rich, mellifluous voice a... More >>

  • Team Spirit

    published October 8, 2002

    An 80-year-old rabbi with whom Harry Smith studied cabala in the 1950s watched one of his pupil's hand-painted, animated films of geometric shapes... More >>

  • Velvet Overground

    published October 8, 2002

    After more than a decade, Václav Havel's Velvet Revolution is finally bearing fruit in a New New Wave of vibrant Czech cinema. The most... More >>

  • Stealing Beauty

    published September 10, 2002

    A mother's love, that endless font of adoration—who ever really survives it? The question lies at the heart of Alias Betty, the latest... More >>

  • Cleaning the Mirror

    published September 3, 2002

    Who was Vito Acconci's dentist in 1975, and didn't he realize that the artist's mouth needed a lot of work? So I found myself wondering at the... More >>

  • Restored

    published September 3, 2002

    Some people fritter away their youth in vain pursuits. Others open galleries. In the past year alone, three new exhibition spaces have cropped up... More >>

  • The Tummy Returns

    published August 20, 2002

    Great belly dancers are often women of a certain age, far removed from nymphlike ideals of beauty. Their proud displays of ample hips and bosoms,... More >>

  • Family Viewing

    published August 20, 2002

    Oppressive, if familiar, family values reign in the Middle America of Little Secrets (Samuel Goldwyn, opens August 23). Blair Treu's... More >>

  • Food of Love

    published August 13, 2002

    "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well," Virginia Woolf famously remarked. Directors of food films—from... More >>

  • Enter the King

    published August 6, 2002

    At 93, the Portuguese auteur Manoel de Oliveira is the only working director who began his career in silent cinema. He remembers his youthful... More >>

  • Distribute the Wealth

    published July 30, 2002

    Death gave Donald Krim his first big break as a film distributor. In 1977, Kino, his fledgling company, had just acquired theatrical rights to... More >>

  • Elegy for Martin

    published June 25, 2002

    When does a husband stop being the person you wed and become someone different? That old conjugal angst is given new life in A Song for... More >>

  • Masculin/Féminin

    published June 18, 2002

    Testosterone-driven frenzies fuel the plot of Skin of Man, Heart of Beast, French director Hélène Angel's sensitive and... More >>

  • Desperate Hours

    published June 11, 2002

    CANNES, FRANCE—The Buster Keaton of the West Bank, the Jacques Tati of Palestinian society (as the French media... More >>

  • Fragments Jerusalem

    published June 11, 2002

    Now in its 18th year, the Israeli Film Festival (Clearview Cinema, June 13-27) provides a valuable antidote to the daily barrage of violent images... More >>

  • As Nature Intended

    published June 4, 2002

    Low budget meets high tension in Kaaterskill Falls (at the Pioneer, through June 11), a debut feature by directors Josh Apter and Peter... More >>

  • Waiting Games

    published May 21, 2002

    The streets of Lima, Peru, are lined with tall buildings. Among the crowds who pass through their doors, how many know that the stones for their... More >>

  • Zoo Story

    published April 23, 2002

    For years, the sculptor Rona Pondick has explored the vexed and liminal terrain of humanity's abject impulses, with swarms of fleshly pink blobs... More >>

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