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2006 Stories by Michael Atkinson

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  • 'Land of the Blind'

    published June 6, 2006

    Wrongheaded and bizarrely outrageous, the first feature from Robert Edwards chronicles the madcap historical throes of a fictionalized ur-nation... More >>

  • Progressive Scan

    published May 30, 2006

    In its 17th year as one of the city's oldest continuously running film festivals, and certainly the most thematically vital, the Human Rights... More >>

  • Shohei Imamura, 1926–2006

    published May 30, 2006

    Define the Japanese New Wave however you like—there are innumerable possible launching points, and the name players evident in the '50s and... More >>

  • Built Ford Tough

    published May 30, 2006

    To my tastes, the world has rarely harbored enough reservations about John Ford and has always held far too many about John Wayne, but everyone... More >>

  • An Incisive Dissection of Culture Shock

    published May 30, 2006

    Once, Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray was one of international film culture's godheads, forming a generation's view of Indian culture... More >>

  • Unshakable Gotham Vibe

    published May 30, 2006

    How quaint and bristly—like a plain-talking, bourbon-stinking grandfather who won't close his robe—these quintessential '70s policiers... More >>

  • Casualties of War

    published May 23, 2006

    Among the Bush era's political docs, something called The Cult of the Suicide Bomber might seem a media redundancy—haven't we heard... More >>

  • Bruising My Religion

    published May 23, 2006

    After 13 years of establishing his post-surrealist voice in the penny arcade of Mexican cinema, Luis Buñuel returned to Franco-ruled,... More >>

  • 'Coastlines'

    published May 23, 2006

    No one can seem to think ill of regional humanist Victor Nuñez (Ruby in Paradise, Ulee's Gold), but this low-budget Florida... More >>

  • 'Long Knives Night/ Reporting From the Rabbit Hutch'

    published May 23, 2006

    Ascuffed-knuckle preamble to next week's Human Rights Watch Film Festival, these two featurette docs by Belarusan filmmaker Victor Dashuk open a... More >>

  • A Vast National Story Forgotten

    published May 23, 2006

    Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning socialist-cinema paradigm offers an extraordinarily detailed chronicle of an intimate, forgotten American war.... More >>

  • Power-Grabbing Chaos

    published May 23, 2006

    Czech-German doc pope Harun Farocki, working with Andrei Ujica, assembles video footage shot by scores of sources during the week of riots that... More >>

  • Louvre Story

    published May 16, 2006

    Stuffed with book learnin', worshipful of scholarship, queasy about violent action, and motored by anagrams and Riddler-style brainteasers, the... More >>

  • Shear Madness

    published May 16, 2006

    Another sweaty French capsule of domestic apocalypse—somebody coin a regional genre label, quick— Emmanuel Carrére's La... More >>

  • Since Otar Left

    published May 16, 2006

    Finally, can we canonize Otar Iosseliani, the Paris-stationed, Georgian-expat master of human ceremonies who has been building one of the world's... More >>

  • 'Favela Rising'

    published May 16, 2006

    Working with fancy post-prod digitals courtesy of HBO, filmmakers Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary bring the Brazilian ghetto experience to Middle... More >>

  • 'What Is a Man Without a Mustache?'

    published May 16, 2006

    Among other things, the implosion of Yugoslavia has seemed to revitalize Slavic film culture, and fittingly for the generation of filmmakers... More >>

  • Feverishly Beloved and Still Underseen

    published May 16, 2006

    Feverishly beloved and still underseen, Terrence Malick's fabulously Rousseauian imagining of the Jamestown-Pocahontas slice of American history... More >>

  • Domestic Violence

    published May 9, 2006

    Exhilaratingly anxious, Dominik Moll's new film Lemming charts familiar territory but does it with gravity and panache. Truly, the... More >>

  • 'The King'

    published May 9, 2006

    A rather beautifully produced indie mix of melodrama, ethnographic detail, and modern Southern gothic, The King begins with a symbolic... More >>

  • Cold Case

    published May 9, 2006

    Midway through his passage toward the auroral vision of Mother and Son (1997) and the epic stunt of Russian Ark (2002), Aleksandr Sokurov... More >>

  • Back in the USSR

    published May 9, 2006

    The Gable and Lombard of Soviet moviemaking's new wave, Elem Klimov and Larisa Shepitko were a gorgeous married couple of uncompromising artists... More >>

  • A Dense World of Recurrences

    published May 9, 2006

    Patrick Keiller's daringly simple and yet fulsomely written meta-doc is composed of three fairly fundamental elements: footage of London shot in... More >>

  • Just Add Water

    published May 2, 2006

    Our anemic movie industry recycles so relentlessly that even complaints about micro-remilling and plasticized repackaging are themselves recycled... More >>

  • Rudy Awakening

    published May 2, 2006

    In the works since Rudolph Giuliani was still mayor and still policing the city with totalitarian quality-of-life tactics, Kevin Keating's doc ... More >>

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