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Tehran Close-Up
Under the City's Skin
, February 20, 2001
Putting on the head scarf humbles a woman instantly: Ears pinned down, hemmed in from every side, you are all eyes. Not the worst thing that can... More>>
Go for Baroque
, February 20, 2001
If nothing else, Hannibal proves that nobody can prettify prosaic drivel like Ridley Scott, Hollywood's most reliable hired gun. Yet the seven... More>>
China's New City Symphonies China's New City Symphonies
, February 20, 2001
Extrapolating from the sample on view in American art houses, it's easy to surmise that mainland Chinese cinema has been in decline for the... More>>
Music Concrete
Jia Zhangke's Homing Instinct
, February 20, 2001
"We don't have a train in Fenyang," says Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke with a laugh. "You have to take the bus and switch. It's about a 10-or... More>>
Action Figures Action Figures
, February 13, 2001
Genius or con? That was the question implied by the three-page color spread Life published in August 1949 under the title "Jackson Pollock: Is he... More>>
Ramshackle Projections of the Id Ramshackle Projections of the Id
, February 13, 2001
In the history of the new waves, the Czechoslovakian outburst rates as one of the prime events—excelling at a still-fresh sardonic... More>>
On the Map
International Geographic
, February 13, 2001
A fine-boned, soft-voiced woman of 38, who looks 10 years younger, the Turkish filmmaker Yesim Ustaoglu joins the ranks of the most promising... More>>
Day Trippers
, February 13, 2001
A perpetual state of emergency reigns over Israel, where amid the hectic pace of events, it's best to take things slowly. "Day by day" is the... More>>
The Princess and the Showgirl The Princess and the Showgirl
, February 13, 2001
Although Marion Davies is best known these days as the presumed prototype of Charles Foster Kane's second wife, she was nothing like the... More>>
Stool Britannia
, February 13, 2001
If nothing else, the British gangster movie (along with a couple of Oasis albums) epitomizes the demise of Tony Blair's Cool Britannia campaign... More>>
Southern Cross
The Importance of Ernest
, February 13, 2001
There's an inherent risk in billing any Robinson Crusoe yarn devoid of tribal councils or empathetic volleyballs as "the greatest survival story... More>>
Port Authorities, Asian Provocations Port Authorities, Asian Provocations
Rotterdam Turns 30
, February 13, 2001
Rotterdam's annual movie bonanza is quite literally an embarrassment of riches—even the most tenacious attendee might stumble out of this... More>>
Dairy Tales
, February 13, 2001
A shaggy, appealing parable involving two lovers, some gorgeous heifers, gentle Maori gangster-golfers, and a dilapidated suitcase packed with... More>>
Appetites for Destruction Appetites for Destruction
, February 06, 2001
In his rave review of Thomas Harris's long-awaited follow-up to The Silence of the Lambs, no less an authority than Stephen King hailed Dr.... More>>
Eric Rohmer’s Talking Cures Eric Rohmer’s Talking Cures
, February 06, 2001
The cinema of Eric Rohmer (born Maurice Scherer) has stayed uniformly, if not alarmingly, consistent. Whereas the obsessions and preoccupations... More>>
Park City’s Personal Bests Park City’s Personal Bests
Hurts So Good
, February 06, 2001
If your primary concern was the vitality of the art form, Sundance 2001 offered a series of unexpected depth charges. And yet, notwithstanding... More>>
The Nonconformist
Clique on This
, February 06, 2001
Agnès Jaoui may have directed the highest-grossing comedy in France last year, but in person she's intense, soft-spoken, and serious.... More>>
Mob Deep
, February 06, 2001
Sugar & Spice struggles with the existential challenge of individuating five (then six, then seven) perky white heterosexual girls wearing... More>>
Hoosier Daddy
, February 06, 2001
A brief and highly subjective account of Manhattan's bohemian heyday, New York in the '50s is grounded in the sort of nostalgia that can easily... More>>
Tempting Fate
, February 06, 2001
As if to answer the introverted, prevaricating psychodramatics of his debut, Sunday, Jonathan Nossiter has assembled his new film, Signs &... More>>
Amazed and Confused at Sundance Amazed and Confused at Sundance
Troubled Buyers and True Believers
, February 06, 2001
Contrary to rumors, American independent film is not dead, although if most distributors had their way, it would be. As one astonishing film... More>>
Migrating Forms
, February 06, 2001
The move from village to city has become a leitmotiv of the past century, as traditional cultures struggle to keep pace with modernity and urban... More>>
Unheavenly Creatures
, February 06, 2001
The best film in "2001: A New Zealand Film Odyssey" is nothing new. The short Kitchen Sink, which played the festival circuit in 1989, was Jesus'... More>>
High Lonesome High Lonesome
, January 30, 2001
Wong Kar-wai may be the most fetishized—as well as the most fetishizing—of contemporary filmmakers, and with In the Mood for Love he... More>>
Summer Thrills, Winter Chills Summer Thrills, Winter Chills
, January 30, 2001
Forgoing the fairy-tale uplift commonly associated with horny coming-of-age/coming-out fumblings, Nico and Dani acquires resonance through... More>>
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