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Wreckage and Reckonings Wreckage and Reckonings
, January 23, 2001
Ingmar Bergman stopped making movies 17 years ago, but then again, he didn't. His epic autobiographical/dynastic script project, which has been... More>>
The Worm Turns
, January 23, 2001
Federico Fellini called his adaptation of Satyricon an exercise in "autodestruction," a burning bridge leading out of the hall of funhouse... More>>
Blind Ambition
, January 23, 2001
"I'm making a film. I'm taking it to Sundance, and I know it's going to win. How hard can it be? Everyone's doing it these days." When John... More>>
Free Radicals and Long Divisions Free Radicals and Long Divisions
Border Patrol
, January 23, 2001
"It comes down to a barbecue," says Volker Schlöndorff, director of The Legend of Rita, about a West German terrorist who goes underground... More>>
Global Wetting
, January 23, 2001
As a born-too-late generational lament, The Invisible Circus seldom gets beyond canned nostalgia and exhausted signifiers; as a coming-of-age... More>>
Sexual Reference
, January 23, 2001
Though he's no Jean Baudrillard, writer-director Neil Turitz understands the viral nature of quoting movies, television, and disco giants. His... More>>
Fables of Reconstruction Fables of Reconstruction
, January 23, 2001
Crucible of the short 20th century, the native ground for displaced persons, rootless cosmopolitans, and revolutionaries of various persuasions,... More>>
Miscarried Justice; Jejune Miscreants Miscarried Justice; Jejune Miscreants
, January 16, 2001
In the ongoing saga of race and American injustice, there are few episodes as horrifying as that of the "Scottsboro boys." Barak Goodman and... More>>
Waking the Dread Waking the Dread
, January 16, 2001
Panic is a movie that plays against its title. Henry Bromell's feature does not lack for action, but its real subject is stasis. If it weren't so... More>>
Quit Playing Games With My Hard Drive
, January 16, 2001
It could be argued that a multimillion-dollar Hollywood movie lacks the moral authority to take a megacorporation to task for stealing ideas,... More>>
Preaching to the Converted Preaching to the Converted
Do the Left Thing
, January 16, 2001
Politics and film—paradoxical yet inevitable bedfellows caught in a hapless tail-chase of opinion humping and moral panic. Few were... More>>
Split Persona
Liv Ullmann’s Cries and Whispers
, January 16, 2001
"When I was younger, I used to say, I can't do any more movies with him," Liv Ullmann recalls of her long relationship with Ingmar Bergman.... More>>
Catholic Block
, January 16, 2001
Elevated by one genuinely sweet and quirky scene between fathers and daughters at a ballet recital, Anne DeSalvo's first feature, The Amati... More>>
Mopey Dicks and Boogie Nights Mopey Dicks and Boogie Nights
, January 09, 2001
Guaranteed to provoke Lacanian scholars and porn connoisseurs (not always distinct categories), the documentary Wadd: The Life and Times of John... More>>
Bomba Away
, January 09, 2001
English, Dutch, and Canadian government agencies lead the way in nurturing collaborations between filmmakers and choreographers, if "Dance on... More>>
Southside Story
, January 09, 2001
Save the Last Dance saves its first dance too long in favor of a ponderous setup: Ballet dancer Sara (Julia Stiles) gives up her dream after Mom... More>>
Look Back in Anger Look Back in Anger
, January 09, 2001
Oh, to be young, bold, and fighting the fascists: The angel of history sits on the hunched shoulders of the myopic, silver-haired heroes of the... More>>
Storied Lives and Strange Bedfellows Storied Lives and Strange Bedfellows
, January 09, 2001
"Like finding documentation of Moses" was how one Israeli film historian described the rediscovery, in 1997, of The Life of the Jews in... More>>
Buenas Vistas
Havana Plenty
, January 09, 2001
In Cuba, it is officially known as the "Special Period": The era of Soviet aid long over, compañeros must live austerely while socialism... More>>
The Full Monte
Shelf Life
, January 09, 2001
If you haven't yet come to understand what makes Monte Hellman the American New Wave's most beloved auteur maudit, now's the winter of your... More>>
Surface Tension Surface Tension
, January 02, 2001
Owsley Brown's documentary Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles is a lovely, rather eccentric tribute to the great American writer who died in... More>>
A Veteran Director's High Fidelity A Veteran Director's High Fidelity
His Maestro's Voice
, January 02, 2001
In his youth, the Korean director Im Kwon Taek churned out dozens of melodramas, gangster flicks, action pictures, and costume dramas. A few... More>>
Cold Fever
Capital Danes
, January 02, 2001
Once in a while, the countries of Scandinavia beget freaks—the wild energy of the Björks, Kaurismäkis, and von Triers... More>>
The Knobbies '00
The Year in Princely Cock-Ups
, January 02, 2001
In their fourth year, the Awards Formerly Known as the Hidekis™ have been rechristened and redefined, their original erstwhile Yankee... More>>
Fables and Fibs Fables and Fibs
, December 26, 2000
Taking its place as the Raise the Red Lantern of the new, manifold Korean film outbreak, Im Kwon Taek's Chunhyang is poised on the stage of... More>>
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