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New York independents in Berlin New York independents in Berlin
, February 17, 2004
A pair of years-in-the-making experimental narratives from independent-minded New York filmmakers were among the highlights of this year's Forum.... More>>
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, February 17, 2004
ALILA Directed by Amos Gitai Kino International Opens February 27 Cinema Village Israel's one-man new wave, Amos Gitai, surveys his nation's... More>>
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, February 10, 2004
"This is so lame," moans a spectator at a third-tier circus featuring a bovine funambulist, rocket-propelled hound, juggling ferret, and... More>>
Brain-damaged: Barrymore gets to forget; what about us? Brain-damaged: Barrymore gets to forget; what about us?
, February 10, 2004
Don't you hate the way women you wanna fuck always end up getting all clingy? Wish you could meet one who had car-crash-induced temporal-lobe... More>>
Film
, February 10, 2004
Having idled in Eurofest-land for four years, Jerzy Stuhr's The Big Animal is finally being hoisted here on the virtue of its Kieslowski... More>>
The Rosebud Express The Rosebud Express
, February 10, 2004
WHAT A RACKET Although the climactic underground chase through chiaroscuro sewers in THE THIRD MAN (1949) remains oft-quoted by forgettable... More>>
Teenage Nightmare Teenage Nightmare
A lyrical drama and an intimate doc contemplate the placelessness of African teenagers
, February 10, 2004
Two new films, African in their sympathies and traumatized materials if not necessarily in production fact, both glance off the state of life in... More>>
Unbuttoned genes: Clones and their creator come of age Unbuttoned genes: Clones and their creator come of age
, February 10, 2004
Predating demonlover's hypertext narrative with her now two-year-old camp-cult sci-fi gem Teknolust, Lynn Hershman-Leeson took up some of the... More>>
Letters from Chad: Filmmaking without a film industry Letters from Chad: Filmmaking without a film industry
, February 10, 2004
Bordeaux-based Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is happy to be part of a "filmmaking gang." It is, he says, "the only way you change things, build things."... More>>
Magnificent Frustrations Magnificent Frustrations
A great period piece, period: Ambersons is still a clear masterpiece despite interference
, February 10, 2004
Orson Welles was not only a genius—he played one on the screen. The most lavishly gifted Hollywood director of his generation, this... More>>
Nickelodeon at night—the X-rated rendition from France Nickelodeon at night—the X-rated rendition from France
, February 10, 2004
A lushly staged exercise in cold-blooded sexual intrigue, Jean-Claude Brisseau's Secret Things is being promoted as the Cahiers du Cinéma... More>>
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, February 10, 2004
Out of the vaults, this largely unknown and newly restored 1921 adaptation of Émile Zola's La Terre (The Earth) is a remarkably direct... More>>
Film
, February 10, 2004
Simultaneously shameless and streetwise, acerbic and cloying, Mark Meily's Crying Ladies strives for and largely achieves a hard-edged... More>>
Film
, February 10, 2004
A spoofy pastiche of grade-Z 1950s and '60s horror/sci-fi fare, this MiniDV cheapie credibly replicates the shabby earnestness and outré... More>>
Code Violations Code Violations
A brooding French gangster tale makes the jump into the 21st century, lands off-balance
, February 03, 2004
The recent spate of French gangster re-releases (at least five in the past four years) may testify to an insatiable public fascination for this... More>>
Film
, February 03, 2004
Inspired by a website offering "anatomically correct" sex dolls, Love Object utilizes horror movie jolts to plumb male control-freakishness. L.A.... More>>
First Icon on Your Screen First Icon on Your Screen
Schickel explores the love-hate between Chaplin and the masses—and the clips are great
, February 03, 2004
Charlie, Richard Schickel's clip-and-chat portrait of Charlie Chaplin, the most celebrated and arguably the most compelling persona on planet... More>>
FCS reaches critical mass, yielding No Rest for the Brave FCS reaches critical mass, yielding No Rest for the Brave
, February 03, 2004
Is it a salon des refusés for the last New York Film Festival? A preemptive strike against the upcoming event in Tribeca? Who cares? This... More>>
Film Film
, February 03, 2004
Slight but sardonic, Norwegian director Bent Hamer's deadpan Kitchen Stories makes a taciturn comedy of nothingness out of color-coordinated '50s... More>>
Drenched With Feeling Drenched With Feeling
A whirl of its own: Demy's Cherbourg sings of a town with pity—and every other emotion
, February 03, 2004
Cherbourg is known as the rainiest town in France, while Jacques Demy's all-singing Cherbourg is lickable Eastmancolor whipped into a... More>>
Aye, Robot: What's Human?
Who's synthetic? And can't they all get along?
, February 03, 2004
The disparity between ambition and aptitude has doomed more than one indie, as a veritable graveyard of worthy half-hour films padded to... More>>
Im Kwon-taek's wide variety of possible Korean identities Im Kwon-taek's wide variety of possible Korean identities
, February 03, 2004
A genius is born, not made," pontificates Ohwon, the perpetually soused painter-hero of Im Kwon-taek's Chihwaseon (2002). But I'm not so sure.... More>>
Eclectic Avenue Eclectic Avenue
Rotterdam '04: The planet's best film fest features The Missing —both this year and next
, February 03, 2004
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS—How fitting that the big winner at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival was called The Missing—no, not the Ron... More>>
Belvaux's Trilogy: Intricately woven but separately worn Belvaux's Trilogy: Intricately woven but separately worn
, February 03, 2004
To recap: Lucas Belvaux's precocious trifecta is an adventure in simultaneity rather than progression; the three films can be viewed in any order... More>>
Film Film
, February 03, 2004
Iceland's chief exports include fish and woolen goods; the country might do worse than to add domestic dramas to the list. In The Seagull's... More>>
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