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2004 Stories by Leslie Camhi

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  • Film

    published December 14, 2004

    In looking after children, do parents also look after themselves? This question lies at the heart of The Keys to the House, Italian... More >>

  • Film

    published December 7, 2004

    Flip through the back-page ads of this paper and you will find that the business of sex takes myriad forms. Such is the premise behind... More >>

  • A Sensitive Iranian Portrait of Breakdown and Uplift

    published November 23, 2004

    Deserted Station, Alireza Raisian's delicately compelling feature, is based on a story by Abbas Kiarostami, that most celebrated of Iranian... More >>

  • Film

    published November 23, 2004

    In its early days, film was more about places than characters, or so insists the narrator of this quirky Italian love letter to the history of... More >>

  • After the Fire

    published November 9, 2004

    A nuclear test woke the legendary Godzilla, who rose from his long sleep beneath the Pacific to destroy Tokyo in a Japanese film made just nine... More >>

  • Film

    published November 2, 2004

    Among the burdens of the festive season—religious discord, familial tensions, financial strain—holiday movies may be added to the... More >>

  • Directors Without Borders: Swiss Fest Highlights Spirit of Experimentation

    published October 26, 2004

    It's easy to forget that Switzerland, a country known for its political neutrality and fiscal conservatism, is also renowned as the home of such... More >>

  • The Crying Game

    published October 19, 2004

    Several women were milling around Matthew Marks Gallery one recent morning and smiling irrepressibly; I was one of them. We were standing in a... More >>

  • Film

    published October 5, 2004

    After meeting Adolf Hitler in 1938, Neville Chamberlain announced, "Peace in our time"—a phrase that's become a code word for delusion.... More >>

  • Rediscovering a Japanese Artist's Elegant Conceptualism

    published September 28, 2004

    Possible career path for a woman artist: Early on, create a work so startlingly iconic that for historians it dwarfs all your subsequent... More >>

  • Film

    published September 14, 2004

    Pupi Avati makes nostalgic films about middle-class and aristocratic Italians around the turn of the last century. The old-fashioned charm of... More >>

  • Film

    published August 31, 2004

    Unlikely Heroes joins a recent wave of Holocaust documentaries—best exemplified by Claude Lanzmann's brilliant Sobibor, October 14,... More >>

  • Blonde Ambition

    published August 24, 2004

    Our culture of celebrity is such that, during the opening scenes of Vanity Fair, Mira Nair's exuberant screen adaptation of William... More >>

  • Film

    published August 10, 2004

    French author Robert Bober's luminous autobiographical novel Quoi de Neuf sur la Guerre? is set in a garment district atelier of Paris just... More >>

  • With Tobacco as a Stimulant, Lovelorn Mexicans Flirt With Destiny

    published August 10, 2004

    The great theme of the Mexican New Wave—the relationship between chance and destiny—fuels the fast-paced and stylish comic caper movie... More >>

  • Film

    published July 20, 2004

    In 1735, two prisoners on Robben Island were brought before magistrates in Cape Town and accused of sodomy. Miscegenation added to the horror of a... More >>

  • Film

    published June 29, 2004

    Inherited wealth often comes with a high price—the abnegation of individuals before the duties and demands of family. The Inheritance,... More >>

  • Film

    published June 22, 2004

    One of the new Israeli cinema's great strengths—the fact that its intimate domestic dramas (like Broken Wings) might take place just... More >>

  • Aspiring Actors and Accidental Stars in New Brazilian Films

    published June 15, 2004

    The rhythms and racial tensions of Brazil's variegated culture percolate through this festival of recent works, organized by MOMA and screening at... More >>

  • Being and Nothingness

    published May 25, 2004

    Few things are as seductive as the illusion of nothingness. Just stand for a moment beside Whiteout, the work that greets you in the show... More >>

  • As Tears Go By

    published May 25, 2004

    "So now, my children, I'll tell you the legend of the camel," a Mongolian grandfather intones as The Story of the Weeping Camel opens. This... More >>

  • Searching the Workplace and the Past for Inspiration

    published May 18, 2004

    "The Italians are the new French," a film publicist recently told me. Was she referring to Italian cinema's current spirit of independence, with... More >>

  • Tracing the Roots of Violence and the Rise of Sharonism

    published May 4, 2004

    Making documentaries about the Middle East, where political realities shift instantaneously, can be a tricky business. But Israeli director Ilan... More >>

  • Material World

    published April 13, 2004

    The rubble of post-war Germany—from its famine and ruined cities to its lost dreams and moral bankruptcy—haunts the art of two... More >>

  • A Massive Sculpture Accumulates the Detritus of a Lifetime

    published April 13, 2004

    These five stunning installations, all autobiographical anti-monuments, form a strikingly clear coda to MOMA's overdense Roth retrospective; see... More >>

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