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, November 05, 2002
The Phantom of Liberty Directed by Luis Buñuel (November 8 through 14, at Film Forum) "I'm sick of symmetry," declares a character early... More>>
Salvage Lot Salvage Lot
, October 29, 2002
The past isn't dead—it isn't even past—in The Weight of Water, Kathryn Bigelow's fiercely wrought, if sub-Faulknerian, time-twister.... More>>
Uncontrollable Urges Uncontrollable Urges
, October 29, 2002
"Obscurantism's just another word for nothin' left to mock," as Minnie Riperton used to sing. The Pioneer's "Stop, Look & Listen!" film festival... More>>
Carnival of Roles
, October 29, 2002
Last month's election campaign in Rio was mounted with flair. Samba in the name of assorted candidates blared from speakers attached to... More>>
Cold Sun
, 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>>
Hard Knoxville Hard Knoxville
, October 29, 2002
No less an authority than Jerry Lewis wrote, in his underappreciated primer The Total Film-Maker, that the movies began with slapstick. For... More>>
Twisting the Naïf Twisting the Naïf
, October 29, 2002
Once the cool, multiculti arbiter of secular Hollywood idiosyncrasy, Jonathan Demme hasn't visited the Daft Side since the late '80s, when the... More>>
Mother Countries
Recording an Ill-Fated Reunion
, October 29, 2002
Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco expected a conciliatory tale of healing when they set out to make Daughter From Danang (a Grand Jury prizewinner... More>>
Film
, October 29, 2002
Ghost Ship Directed by Steve Beck (Warner Bros.) In a cut-and-paste job more transparent than ectoplasm, Ghost Ship screenwriters Mark Hanlon and... More>>
Deconstructing Hairy Deconstructing Hairy
, October 22, 2002
She's been dead for nearly half a century, but Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is the quintessential artist of our moment. Kahlo was female, Latina,... More>>
XX Marks The Spot XX Marks The Spot
, October 22, 2002
The Pioneer bills "Flesh and Bones" as a "provocative series exploring women and the body"—code words, as any liberal-arts grad knows, for a... More>>
Brute Farce
, October 22, 2002
An adroitly acted, crudely shot character study-cum-misogyny mudbath, Roger Dodger proudly flaunts its membership in a bizarre subgenre of recent... More>>
Photo Jenny
, October 22, 2002
After The Wages of Fear (1953) and Diabolique (1955), Henri-Georges Clouzot became pigeonholed as the French Hitchcock. Somewhat lost in the... More>>
The Big Tease The Big Tease
To Market to Market
, October 22, 2002
"Going to the market is like panning for gold," says indie-film consultant Bob Hawk, famous—or infamous—for discovering Clerks at the... More>>
Film
, October 22, 2002
Bosnia Burma Vietnam (October 24 through 27, at Anthology Film Archives) For Which Way Is East, documentarian Lynne Sachs and her sister Dana... More>>
Slaves to the Grind Slaves to the Grind
, October 15, 2002
Paul Schrader's Auto Focus and Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction are just about as clinical as their titles imply, and the titles themselves... More>>
Dread Reckoning Dread Reckoning
, October 15, 2002
Arguably the most subtextually loaded and vividly symbolic of all film genres, the horror film has been experiencing something of a decades-long... More>>
Access of Evil
, October 15, 2002
Just in time for Halloween, two generations of America's boogieman syndrome. Fidel Castro has never received a fitting film treatment in the U.S.... More>>
Delphine Oracle
, October 15, 2002
She floated, an elegant specter, through films by Alain Resnais, François Truffaut, and Joseph Losey, her rich, mellifluous voice a... More>>
The Good Girls
, October 15, 2002
Viewers allergic to adorable-animal movies should know that felines barely leave a paw print in Take Care of My Cat, Korean director Jae-eun... More>>
Bosporus Straits
, October 15, 2002
If your exposure to Turkish cinema begins and ends with the zero-budget remakes of American movies that litter the shelves at Kim's, this year's... More>>
Final Cut Pros Final Cut Pros
, October 15, 2002
A struggling artist friend recently e-mailed me a shocking photo. In it, she stood side by side with a not-so-struggling poet she's never met. In... More>>
Film
, October 15, 2002
The Next Director: Ulrich Seidl (BAMcinématek, October 17 through 20) If Ulrich Seidl is some kind of cinematic master, then his... More>>
It's Oh So Quiet It's Oh So Quiet
, October 08, 2002
Annual uptown destination for hardcore celluloid fetishists, the New York Film Festival's "Views From the Avant-Garde" ushers the humble... More>>
Could Be Verse
, October 08, 2002
Cramming the Oprah-blessed doorstopper into less than two hours, White Oleander races from one tragic episode to the next with the abandon of a... More>>
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