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Vulgar Auteurism: The Case of Michael Mann

By Andrew Tracy / January 16, 2015

…charge. But Mann’s ever-mustier romanticism, yoked to what now amounts to no more than a peculiarly mannered, cosmetically austere treatment of cinematic texture, yields only puzzlement and enervation. Mann exists…

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Mann’s Fate: Michael Mann’s Blackhat

By Adam Nayman / January 16, 2015

…of Mann’s much-vaunted commitment to “realism,” let’s at least concede that Mann has more than mere realism on his mind. But acknowledging that Mann is drawn to archetypes (née clichés)…

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Blackhat, White Noise: Michael Mann’s System of Objects

By Andrew Tracy / March 26, 2015

…neoreality (Manohla Dargis nicely captures Mann’s visual approach here when she comments on “the ‘thinness’ of the [still beautiful] images”). There is of course no doubt that Mann has foregrounded…

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Film/Art | Out of Bounds: The Formal Trajectories of Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan

By Andrea Picard / March 21, 2013

…introduced the terms “site” and “non-site” in his writing. “Site” refers to the landscapes, where he collected materials; “non-sites” to the institutional spaces where these materials were presented. Several artists…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Subjects for Further Research

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 28, 2011

…by Jean M. Minguet and credits on each film, and the 12 different archives that provided restored prints. (http://www.cameo.es/portal/tabid__13173/consulta__De%20Chomon/default.aspx) BEST SPECIAL FEATURES (BONUS) The Night of the Hunter (Criterion: www.criterion.com)…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Prices

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 3, 2009

…On, for $20 from www.plexifilm.com.) For $17 you can acquire Edward Yang’s greatest film, A Brighter Summer Day (1991) with English subtitles from www.asiafilm.com. On the back of my copy,…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Missing Directors, Extras, First Looks

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / March 26, 2015

By Jonathan Rosenbaum Missing Directors 1. I’m one of those people who habitually confuses Daniel Mann (1912-1991) with Delbert Mann (1920-2007) and vice versa, and I suspect that part of…

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Carmine Street Guitars (Ron Mann, Canada) — TIFF Docs

By Shelly Kraicer / September 4, 2018

By Shelly Kraicer Electric craft becomes a stand-in for analogue’s humanity in Ron Mann’s elegiac Carmine Street Guitars. Rick Kelly is the master guitar maker of the beloved, eponymous Greenwich…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Another Checklist

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 16, 2009

…to see if you haven’t yet. Available in Holland and Belgium as Les Coups Durs (see www.sphe.be or www.sphe.nl for more details). From the East (D’Est). My second favourite Chantal…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Perversities

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 4, 2009

…more precious outtakes from Costa’s film. (One of these is an outdoor laundry-hanging sequence that I find especially moving.) My source for this package is a German web site, www.tfmonline.de/tfm/htm/Multimedia.htm,…

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DVD: Some More Auteurist & Non-Auteurist Shopping Tips

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 11, 2012

…(Young Adam, 2003), the third (Asylum, 2005), and now, thanks to a Blu-ray from IFC Films, the sixth, Perfect Sense (2011). All three of these are highly aggressive provocations whose…

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Ahead of Its Reflection: Ben Russell’s Good Luck

By Phil Coldiron / September 28, 2017

…about the body of work Russell has produced over the last two decades. Across more than 20 short films and a trio of features (one co-directed with Ben Rivers), and…

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Good Luck (Ben Russell, France/Germany) — Wavelengths

By Phil Coldiron / September 1, 2017

…about the body of work Russell has produced over the last two decades. Across more than 20 short films and a trio of features (one co-directed with Ben Rivers), and…

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Trash Humping: On “Vulgar Auteurism”

By Andrew Tracy / May 30, 2013

…proceedings make [Mann’s] films both instantly readable and self-consciously rarefied, thus rendering them wide open for imaginative (or fantasized) critical extrapolation. […] the challenge with a filmmaker like Mann, whose…

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Toronto International Film Festival

By Cinema Scope / September 1, 2016

…the folkloric practices of its title subject, an emeritus professor at Indiana University who has spent the past 50 years in decade-long sojourns with folk artists across various continents. That…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Mitigating Circumstances

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / March 20, 2014

…what I mean, go directly to the “Tammy” sequence recently posted on Criterion’s web site, at www.criterion.com/current/posts/3043-a-scene-from-the-long-day-closes.) So I hope the Criterion people won’t think I’m betraying any trade secrets…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Conspicuously Absent or Apt to be Overlooked 

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 18, 2014

…already recommend three helpful texts: an essay by Christophe Chazalon included with the DVD taken from Chazalon’s own web site, www.chrismarker.ch; an essay by Raymond Bellour at www.screeningthepast.com/2013/12/chris-marker-and-level-five/; and a…

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TIFF Day 8: Wavelengths 4: From the Inside Out

By Andrea Whyte / September 13, 2012

…van Brummelen and Siebran de Haan that explore Europe’s cultural and political history through sites and artefacts of cultural memory. The filmmakers travelled to the original site of the Acropolis…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Freebies, Purchases, Extras

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / March 21, 2013

…website of Lux (www.lux.org.uk), where you can find a good many other DVDs of experimental films (all or most of them available for online viewing) as well as books about…

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Fight Club: Judd Apatow’s This Is 40

By Adam Nayman / December 21, 2012

…the continuing adventures of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), still comfortably (if, as it turns out, tenuously) ensconced in their massive L.A. McMansion with their two daughters (Maude and…

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Currency | Baghead and Frownland

By Rob Nelson / September 1, 2009

…the TV. But poor Keith Sontag (Dore Mann) promptly falls asleep near the start of a silent comedy, and his host, looking to hasten the snoozing dweeb’s departure, fast-forwards to…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Summer Inventory (with some updates)

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 1, 2009

…Américains, issued by www.blaqout.com, which also includes very early work by Tim Burton, George Lucas, D.A. Pennebaker, Andy Warhol, and even Maya Deren, among many others. (Some of these even…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: 14 Events and Loose Change

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / August 29, 2009

…decades) and then rereading Manny Farber’s review of the film in Negative Space afterwards seem to set me up well for a first reading. Could this be Martin Ritt’s best…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: In Case You Didn’t Know (19 Stray Bits of Information)

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 12, 2009

…Film is Not Yet Rated, 2006) is one of his very first, Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1985), which I discovered on cable over 20 years ago,…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Monuments, Documents, and Diversions

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 15, 2013

…the box sets of Pere Portabella (celebrated in my previous column, and cited above) and André Delvaux (celebrated on my website at www.jonathanrosenbaum.com.?p=33242), and now, most important and most impressive…

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The Land Demands Your Effort: C.W Winter (and Anders Edström) on The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)

By Mark Peranson / June 23, 2020

…or as just an acknowledgment of our own limitations. Carolee Schneemann has a title we like: Up to and Including Her Limits. One advantage we have over expensive productions is…

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Deaths of Cinema | The Sweet and the Bitter: Yasmin Ahmad

By Amir Muhammad / September 12, 2009

…had devoted followings, as you can see from the hundreds of comments after each of the posts on her still-extant blog. The site, by the way, is an excellent introduction…

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Film/Art | Musique concrète: Lucy Raven at Dia

By Phil Coldiron / January 4, 2022

…land they exist to transform. We are, as the video’s title betrays, on the site of a concrete production facility, and Ready Mix follows this process with didactic fidelity, station…

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Unexpected Textures: A Conversation Between Nicolás Pereda and Kazik Radwanski

By cscope2 / February 10, 2016

…on the construction site. There are guys like that on the site, purely due to nepotism. And this affects his ego. How did you settle on the movers for Perpetuum…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Shopping List

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 12, 2009

…and Melodie der Welt (Walter Ruttmann) + Nerven (Robert Reinert). Two more impeccable releases from Filmmuseum München. I prefer the two-disc Ruttmann package (which includes many shorter works apart from…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Then and Now, Hither and Yon

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / June 23, 2015

…won raves from Manny Farber in The New Republic (December 4, 1944), Orson Welles in his daily “Almanac” column for the New York Post (January 25, 1945), and eventually James…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Clarifications and Spring Cleaning

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / March 24, 2017

…Platonida, which I reviewed for the Monthly Film Bulletin (you can search the review on my website www.jonathanrosenbaum.net). Scott later won an Academy Award for a short film that adapted…

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TIFF Day 10: Pieta x 13

By cscope2 / September 15, 2012

…Spring, which I find the exact opposite of evocative and enticing; 2) He apparently has a thing for onscreen depictions of harm being done to animals (this crops up in…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: 20 Labels and Four Outlets

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / August 31, 2009

By Jonathan Rosenbaum Anna Biller. If you’re looking for something different and agreeably deranged, go directly to www.lifeofastar.com/purchase.html, where for $19.95 you can purchase Anna Biller: The Short Film Collection,…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Bologna Awards and Mixed & Unmixed Blessings

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 28, 2017

…navigating Ruscico’s intractable website sometimes (www.ruscico.com); you might have slightly better luck ordering their DVDs from a German site (www.petershop.com). 4. Tired of hearing about Truffaut on Hitchcock and interested…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | A Few Items You May Not Know About

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / April 4, 2012

…who were believed to have developed a private language between them, the second has something to do with both Manny Farber (as both a painter and a film critic) and…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Among the Missing

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 3, 2009

…from www.powerofnightmares.com, via listings on Amazon. It didn’t work—the order was first accepted, then rejected, for unexplained reasons—but presumably it’s worked before and maybe it will again (and meanwhile, I…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Second-Guessing

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 1, 2009

…a rower, and a preacher, while an orchestra on the riverbank plays a Strauss waltz. (There’s an exquisite, extended camera movement connecting the latter to the former.) This was roughly…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Mostly About Extras

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 25, 2015

…download the film for free at www.filmpreservation.org, and get all the contextualizing extras you need from the same site. *** I can’t claim to be any sort of Dziga Vertov…

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Interviews | Trainspotting with James Benning

By Mark Peranson / September 1, 2009

…to stop it because the Spiral Jetty was built in an industrial site to begin with. Smithson chose that site because they had already tried to drill oil there and…

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Artifact Bonfire: Ken Jacobs and Reichstag 9/11

By Daniel Kasman / December 19, 2016

By Daniel Kasman I stopped looking at video footage of September 11, 2001, a long time ago as I find these moving images of expressionistically variable quality and cubist perspective…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Presumptions & Biases

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 22, 2020

…five other English-subtitled films of hers (three of them on all-region PAL DVDs) from the same site, for prices that are all over the map: Patrani po Ester (2005), a…

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Sebastian Brameshuber on Movements of a Nearby Mountain

By Andrea Picard / December 9, 2019

…can a film ever show you more than a fragment? Every human being is a mystery, and I don’t want to pretend the opposite. At the same time, I feel…

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Lost? Help with the new website

By Cinema Scope / April 19, 2012

In order to improve the website and how our archives are managed we’ve had to make some radical changes to the old structure. This may seem disorientating at first, but…

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Remembering Women: Claudia von Alemann’s Blind Spot

By Erika Balsom / June 15, 2021

…Claudia von Alemann’s extraordinary Blind Spot (Die Reise nach Lyon, 1980), recently restored by the Deutsche Kinemathek in cooperation with the Institut Lumière, is a rare film that puts the…

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Super-Ornithologist: João Pedro Rodrigues’ Birdman

By Robert Koehler / December 19, 2016

…in Latin, all of it is set in the far northeast corner of Portugal, a rugged and intimidating pocket of wild Europe marked by rivers and precipitous canyons. As much…

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TIFF 2014 | Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, US) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2014

By Adam Nayman “I’m not going to hire a fucking thief,” exclaims a character early on in Nightcrawler, and while the name-check of Michael Mann’s debut feature is likely entirely…

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Features | Beyond Brut: The Art of Cornel Wilde

By Andrew Tracy / September 3, 2009

…the spirit of Wilde’s truly impressive body of work. Like very few directors—Kurosawa, Peckinpah, Anthony Mann—Wilde is a sophisticated and technically adept filmmaker who makes violence his subject, a thing…

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Web Only | Books Around: Ghosts

By Olaf Moller / August 21, 2009

…when he suggests in the introduction that Sturges isn’t some paradigmatic auteur but an accomplished master of his craft, someone best considered in the company of Mann, Wise, Boetticher, or…

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TIFF Day 3: Far from Afghanistan | Anna Karenina | Argo | Blancanieves | Clip | Hyde Park on Hudson | Juvenile Offender | The Land of Hope | Lunarcy! | Out in the Dark | Smashed

By cscope2 / September 8, 2012

…video-game convention; meanwhile, offscreen voices report Afghan civilian casualties. Americans dance and drink in a discotheque while a news report informs us that on October 28, 2001, a US bomb…

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Deborah Stratman: Safe and Sound

By Samuel La France / June 25, 2014

…while a piano tune—one perhaps familiar to film buffs—plays on the soundtrack. Inside the building is a sound studio where engineer Darrin Mann and foley artist Gregg Barnabell are systematically…

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Twelve Notes on Twelve: A Film by Joel Schumacher

By Christoph Huber / January 7, 2011

…recommended browsing: http://www.hellodamage.com/top/2008/05/03/department-h-muppet-version), which with ultra-cheap ingenuity repeatedly resurrects the proscenium style of a hundred years ago. 12) As for the future, only nuclear mysticism can provide the answer: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/final-flesh…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Hosannas and Quibbles

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 21, 2015

…Girl’s lead actress M’Bissine Thérèse Diop.   *** I’ve already written at some length (www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2011/04/the-displacements-of-the-fortgotten-space-tk/) about Allan Sekula (1951–2013) and Noël Burch’s The Forgotten Space (2010), released on DVD by…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Prizewinners, Also-Rans, and Others

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 16, 2014

…me—even when my attention starts to flag after the party patter in Tam Tam becomes too parodically mannerist—but the degree to which Arrieta’s films aren’t so much inhabited as haunted…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Here and Not Here

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / March 17, 2010

…and Fred Zinnemann, it appears that Curt, Robert’s brother, furnished the original story and collaborated with him and Wilder on the screenplay, and Zinnemann served as a camera assistant to…

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I See a Darkness: Pedro Costa on Vitalina Varela

By Haden Guest / September 24, 2019

…interview saying, “You know, we shoot 50 scenes, 50 scenes in a movie. Do not trash, do not imagine things.” It’s a bit Straubian, too. Scope: Yeah, but Henry King…

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Features | Inside/Out: A Modest Proposal Concerning William A. Wellman

By Andrew Tracy / September 4, 2009

…Scope 22) are rather anomalous in calling for boundaries of artistic achievement, however conventionally in the former case and eccentrically in the latter. Meanwhile, Manny Farber’s dictum that “criticism has…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Yes and/or No

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 12, 2013

…Clair included with this release, he plausibly confesses to interviewer Gideon Bachmann that he isn’t at all sure he knows what “avant-garde” is or means in relation to cinema. He…

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Issue 62 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 26, 2015

This is the complete list of articles from the print magazine issue of Cinema Scope #62. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content…

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L’avventura: Pedro Costa on Horse Money

By Mark Peranson / September 1, 2014

…the black immigrants, that had started coming in 1968 from all the Portuguese ex-colonies. Then with our friendship, which has gone on for 20 years, he has been telling me…

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CS52 Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / September 17, 2012

…thoughtful exegesis of what made Scott an auteur: Manohla Dargis in the New York Times (www.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/movies/tony-scott-made-movies-as-a-maximalist.html) and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, in a great piece on Mubi’s site Notebook (mubi.com/notebook/posts/smearing-the-senses-tony-scott-action-painter). Also deserving…

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Talking Pictures: Jean-Luc Godard’s Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television

By Phil Coldiron / May 18, 2012

…in the case of Tout va bien, the film only attracts 20,000 viewers, at least one can be certain that it was seen by 20,000 viewers who really saw it….

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Film Criticism After Film Criticism: The J. Hoberman Affair

By Mark Peranson / April 18, 2012

…from his position as senior film critic for the Village Voice on January 4, 2012, are evidence of an anxiety that springs from the changing nature of the relationship between…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Assorted Lessons from the Past and Present

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 21, 2010

…do for the preceding 20 years, because, in keeping with Raymond Durgnat’s apt observation that dated films sometimes have more to teach us than “timeless” classics, I’m looking for stuff…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD: Two Updates, 20 Additions, Several Extras

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / June 18, 2010

…who alerted me to this invaluable release, has also posted some helpful remarks about what makes it superior to all previously available versions on his web site: filmjourney.weblogger.com/2010/04/12/earth-1930/. In my…

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TIFF 2021 | Memoria (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Colombia/Thailand/ UK/France/Germany/Mexico)

By Jordan Cronk / September 8, 2021

…he seems to disappear from the story completely, between memory and reality). Meanwhile, an encounter with an archaeologist played by Jeanne Balibar and a trip to a remote excavation site

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TIFF 2013 | The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard, UK)

By Jay Kuehner / June 24, 2013

…in silhouette, it’s hardly shocking that much of the narrative’s thematic concerns have been symbolically enclosed within such a tight temporal and literal space. This cramped site beneath the bed,…

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Features | Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Lee Anne Schmitt on California Company Town

By Max Goldberg / August 22, 2009

…Can you talk a little more about your use of archives? I heard Rick Prelinger talking the other day about the archive as a site of active engagement, and it…

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Spotlight | Chop Shop (Ramin Bahrani, US)

By Jason Anderson / September 1, 2009

site appears on screen, we place it somewhere in our mental geography, depending on whether we read it as familiar or novel, developed or developing, urban or rural, orderly or…

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Hot Docs 2011: Chaos and Control

By Nicole Armour / April 30, 2011

…a meticulously hand-wrought film about a man working with his hands to heal his heart. This inconsistency is the main site of the film’s compassion, as it gives evidence of…

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Reboot, Rebirth, Repeat: Skyfall

By Andrew Tracy / November 10, 2012

…this first half of Skyfall displays the film’s greatest strengths. While the opening motorcycle-to-train chase sequence is more competent than energizing—and not a patch on Casino’s spectacular construction-site foot chase,…

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Film/Art | Oh, Broodthaers, Where Art Thou? 

By Andrea Picard / June 23, 2015

…Steve McQueen (Ashes I&II, 2014-15), both shown at the Arsenale, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (Sector IX B, 2015) in the Giardino delle Vergini (not far from a surprising and significant Jean-Marie…

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The End of Cinema: La última película

By Phil Coldiron / August 28, 2013

…of the Mayan long-count calendar, the event widely referred to in the media as The Mayan Apocalypse. Of course humanity did not come to an end on December 21, 2012,…

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Pilgrim’s Progress: Manakamana

By Jay Kuehner / August 30, 2013

…to and descend from the ancient site, to little perceptible consequence. By virtue of its rigorous but playful structuring principle, however—in which what remains beyond the camera’s purview bears immensely…

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Trouble Up North: Dennis Hopper’s Out of the Blue

By Kate Rennebohm / September 20, 2021

…in the English language during the 16th century: not feelings of isolation or estrangement, but rather a site too far away from others, and the harm that could be found…

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DVD Bonus | Capital, City: Three Films by Lino Brocka

By Lawrence Garcia / September 28, 2017

…prime, reclaimed land along the edge of Manila Bay. The ongoing construction on this site (including the famously disastrous Manila Film Center) was but one facet of First Lady Imelda…

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Screenlife’s What You Make It: Thoughts on Searching, Profile, Unfriended: Dark Web, and Cam

By Jason Anderson / March 26, 2019

…7: The Contenders (2001) and the grotty website murder-verse of Marc Evans’ My Little Eye (2002), and you have a good many pieces of screenlife’s vocabulary. However, Bekmambetov’s recent trio…

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Film/Art | Curses and Blessings: Moving Images at the 58th Venice Biennale

By Erika Balsom / June 27, 2019

…screaming manga characters and Teresa Margolles’ Muro Ciudad Juárez (2010), a wall of concrete blocks from a school, once the site of violence, now transported into the gallery for aesthetic…

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I Remember Everything: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria

By Jordan Cronk / September 20, 2021

…the story completely, between memory and reality). Meanwhile, an encounter with an archaeologist played by Jeanne Balibar and a trip to a remote excavation site symbolically connect Jessica’s quest to…

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I Thought I Was Seeing Palestinians: On Kamal Aljafari

By Kaleem Hawa / January 6, 2021

…was eventually forced to resettle in Ramlah, where Aljafari was born in 1972. The city is a site of urban decay, home to five prisons—including the maximum-security Ayalon Prison—and derisively…

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TIFF 2021 | One Second (Zhang Yimou, China)

By Shelly Kraicer / September 15, 2021

…what he actually intends the film to be) in a late-CR setting that is strategically vague both chronologically and geographically: following implicit internal dating clues, it seems that the film…

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Would You Like to See a Magic Trick?: Basma Alsharif’s Ouroboros and its Contexts

By Phil Coldiron / June 23, 2017

…grain by pointing to objects, among them the Acropolis and the sea, as she circulates through sites throughout the Mediterranean, intermittently finding her vision to have been reversed. In any…

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Sundance 2015: Results from the Frontier

By Blake Williams / March 26, 2015

…as producer on all of the pictures made by Borderline Films (Afterschool, 2008; Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011), and I’ll admit to being apprehensive heading into his film. On paper,…

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Show Biz Kids: Paul Thomas Anderson on Licorice Pizza

By Adam Nayman / December 21, 2021

…a girl: if his twentysomething friend Alana (Alana Haim) won’t consider dating Gary because he’s too young, maybe cornering the market on waterbeds in the San Fernando Valley will make…

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Web Only | Paul’s Case: The Year in Canadian Film 2008

By Steve Gravestock / September 12, 2009

…campaign had the popular Gross, one of the few well-known homegrown stars dating back to his role in Due South, travelling with the film and, in some places, presenting it…

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Interviews | Every Day Is a Holiday: Li Hongqi on Winter Vacation

By J.P. Sniadecki / December 17, 2010

…that it’s only when you know which direction is wrong that you can begin to at least know the opposite, and only in that opposite direction can correct understanding emerge….

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TIFF Preview -6: Viola | Night Across the Street | After the Battle | Barbara | Blondie | The Last Time I Saw Macao | Liverpool | No | The Sessions | Tower | West of Memphis

By cscope2 / August 31, 2012

2007; Todos mienten, 2009; Viola, 2012) and a 40-minute film commissioned for the Jeonju Digital Project (Rosalinda, 2011), remains overlooked. Perhaps he doesn’t draw much attention because his highly talkative…

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Role Models: The Films of Matías Piñeiro

By Quintin / September 11, 2012

…Born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Piñeiro, despite three features (El hombre robado, 2007; Todos mienten, 2009; Viola, 2012) and a 40-minute film commissioned for the Jeonju Digital Project (Rosalinda,…

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DVD Bonus | Bleeding and Time: In Praise of Amy Heckerling’s Vamps

By Michael Sicinski / December 16, 2012

…Tales, 2007) and Hal Hartley (Meanwhile, 2011) land in the bargain bin. Granted, Heckerling has a more populist sensibility, and isn’t as strictly concerned with articulation of mise en scène,…

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Men With Guns: Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt

By Michael Sicinski / July 19, 2013

…sure, but at the very least an interesting one, Wendy finds Vinterberg casting about, trying to suss out his talents. Am I a realist? A mannerist? Do I articulate social…

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The Talented Mr. Allen: Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine

By Adam Nayman / August 2, 2013

…has always had a wonderful sense of narrative complication dating back to his whirligig plays and short fictions, but limited suppleness as a screen storyteller. About half of what happens…

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The Noise Made By People: The Films of Martín Rejtman

By Max Nelson / September 1, 2014

…that tends to give Rejtman’s characters their rare chances to cut loose: in The Magic Gloves,Alejandro starts dating a flight attendant who “loves it that we’re both in transportation”; at…

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TIFF 2014 | Alleluia (Fabrice Du Welz, France) — Vanguard

By Blake Williams / September 4, 2014

…(Lonely Hearts), Leonard Kastle’s influential vérité shit-show The Honeymoon Killers (1969) and Arturo Ripstein’s rather mannered Mexican melodrama Deep Crimson (1996)? The source material—an unhinged yet commanding woman who goes…

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TIFF 2014 | Phoenix (Christian Petzold, Germany) — Special Presentations

By Mark Peranson / September 7, 2014

…being complicit in her own captivity, as Johnny forces her under lock and key to re-learn her own mannerisms, enacting a very dangerous cat-and-mouse game indeed. (Clear and intentional echoes…

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TIFF 2015 | James White (Josh Mond, US)—Discovery

By Blake Williams / September 1, 2015

…dies, learns that his mother’s (Cynthia Nixon) cancer has returned with a vengeance. Just before being dealt the stifling responsibility of being her caretaker, James begins dating Jayne (Makenzie Leigh)…

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Burning (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea) — Special Presentations

By Jordan Cronk / September 5, 2018

…Haemi begin dating. And yet Jongsu is intrigued by Ben, seduced by his effortless charm and nonchalant outlook on life. In the film’s centrepiece sequence, an extended scene set at…

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Possessor (Brandon Cronenberg, UK/Canada)

By Mallory Andrews / September 22, 2020

By Mallory Andrews If it’s true that Brandon Cronenberg sought to cheekily poke fun at his father David’s needle-phobia in his first film (Antiviral, 2011), it feels like parts of…

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Long Live the New Flesh: The Decade in Canadian Cinema

By Adam Nayman / March 20, 2020

…on the young, and Dolan’s impending battles with his own encroaching maturity will undoubtedly figure into his (likely exclusively en français) 2020s output. But when taking a wider look at…

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Issue 78 Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / March 26, 2019

…the idealized image of the writer and/or editor, dating back at least to the time of Proust, though as far as I know we don’t have any moving-image documentary proof…

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TIFF 2015 | Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous (Christopher Doyle, Hong Kong)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Michael Sicinski / September 2, 2015

…elderly, in particular a speed-dating service. This permits Doyle to cast a glance at the city’s more active seniors, providing a youth-to-old-age structural arc. Not all of the segments are…

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Deaths of Cinema | The Cracks of the World: Hu Bo (1988-2017)

By Celluloid Liberation Front / September 28, 2018

…Huang Ling (Wang Yuwen), reaches for her mother’s jugular when the latter finds out she’s been dating the married vice-principal. If youth doesn’t seem to be the ideal recipient for…

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An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo, China) — Discovery

By Celluloid Liberation Front / September 5, 2018

…down a staircase, while his classmate and crush, Huang Ling (Wang Yuwen), reaches for her mother’s jugular when the latter finds out she’s been dating the married vice-principal. If youth…

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Film/Art | Farewell to Storyville: John Akomfrah’s New Essays

By Phil Coldiron / September 26, 2016

…historical red light district, shuttered here out of the spite a politically influential white mother feels at her daughter’s dating on the wrong side of town—there is a brief shot…

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The Rules of the Game: Paul Verhoeven’s Elle

By Adam Nayman / September 2, 2016

…France, too. Verhoeven: That was not in the original novel. In the book, Michèle is the CEO of a company that writes scripts. She has 20 writers working for her,…

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TIFF 2015 | Demon (Marcin Wrona, Poland)—Vanguard

By Diana Dabrowska / September 17, 2015

…the films of Lars von Trier (especially Melancholia), the setting of the wedding ceremony has a long tradition in Polish literaturę and film, dating back to the work of Stanislaw…

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Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, US) — Platform

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2018

…a cultural moment that demands and rewards such incursions. Intricately written, superbly shot, and at least 20 minutes too long (another Michael Mann connection!) Destroyer doesn’t quite ennoble the prestige-genre…

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Katherine Heigl Is a Liar: Bridesmaids

By Nicole Armour / June 5, 2011

…Lillian’s life: Ellie Kemper as an inexperienced newlywed, Wendi McLendon-Covey as a beleaguered mother of multiple boys (“There’s semen everywhere!”), and scene-stealing Melissa McCarthy as a mannish, supremely confident individualist….

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Hillbilly Elegy (Ron Howard, US)

By Darren Hughes / December 22, 2020

…the locations Michael Mann used as stand-ins for New York’s western frontier in The Last of the Mohicans (1992). You’d hardly notice. Unlike the directors who have made great films…

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Everything Transitory Is But an Image: Andrea Bussmann on Fausto

By Adam Cook / September 26, 2018

…knowledge in theatre, poetry, and prose, the Faust legend occupies a privileged place, ranging from Murnau’s indelible late-silent masterpiece to Sokurov’s Golden-Lion-winning reimagination of versions by Goethe and Thomas Mann

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Auteurist Updates

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 28, 2018

…Ophüls in which he also appears, directed by Ulrich Lauterbach. My only (minor) complaint is that the accompanying 20-page booklet, identified as “bilingual,” in fact employs English only to explain…

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The Land of Steady Habits (Nicole Holofcener, US) — Special Presentations

By Steve Macfarlane / September 19, 2018

…who’s retired early, only to jettison his wife Helene (Edie Falco) and 27-year-old son Preston (Thomas Mann) for…what, exactly? Mendelsohn gives a slurry, dissembling performance as a man who truly…

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Knocked Up (Judd Apatow, US)

By Jessica Winter / September 3, 2009

…the harsh light of the morning hangover, just looks like a tubby layabout who’s trying to launch a porn website. (He’s in fact all of the above.) Once Allison discovers…

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Giant Little Ones (Keith Behrman, Canada) — Special Presentations

By Angelo Muredda / September 5, 2018

…Franky instead ends up hooking up with his best friend and fellow swim star Ballas (Darren Mann), who becomes cold and distant the morning after and only acknowledges their intimate…

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Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, US)

By Blake Williams / December 18, 2014

…a Wolfmann) may initially register as a left-field entry in his filmography. Among other foreign factors: the ostensible protagonist’s psyche isn’t chiefly characterized by his feeling like a fatherless child;…

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Exploded View: Bill Viola’s I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

By Chuck Stephens / September 28, 2017

…do you consider playing it as often as you might Cronenberg’s The Fly or Lynch’s Blue Velvet or Mann’s Manhunter, to mention just three commercial moviehouse contemporaries of Viola’s rather…

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An Element of Danger: Josh and Benny Safdie on Good Time

By Dan Sullivan / June 23, 2017

…think it was. I saw it as a very loving movie, I related to Keith (Dore Mann). This idea that you’re connected to somebody…Maybe I just don’t have that cynicism…

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Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, US)

By Robert Koehler / December 19, 2017

…may or may not be Day-Lewis’ last), we find the most interesting and richly renewed director-actor relationship in American movies since Anthony Mann and James Stewart. Day-Lewis’ character is couture…

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Before the Swarm:  David Bordwell’s The Rhapsodes: How 1940s Critics Changed American Film Culture

By Andrew Tracy / June 27, 2016

…nearly anyone writing film criticism today.”) An expanded version of a series of entries that Bordwell originally wrote for his website (which themselves originated as part of a larger, forthcoming…

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The Man Who Would Be Cinema: Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016

By Celluloid Liberation Front / June 27, 2016

Mann’s Ali is less of a disgrace than the spectacle of Bill Clinton delivering a eulogy at Ali’s funeral, for the crime bill he introduced filled the American private prison…

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Last Action Hero: Jason Statham Plays It Straight

By Christoph Huber / March 21, 2016

…Eastwood as his models. He’s never given a bad performance, even as he’s made his share of forgettable films. Turning 50 next year, he seems to have bloomed in maturity:…

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Blood of My Blood (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)

By Blake Williams / December 21, 2015

…and by the present—is indeed at the fore; entirely apropos, then, that two characters should literally drop dead when faced with their time regained (Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, as…

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Digital Images: Images Festival 2014

By Kiva Reardon / April 18, 2014

…smaller, impact on film with Love & Basketball [2000] and Juwanna Mann [2002].) It’s not an airball so much as a backboard rebound, as Kashmere opts for a near novella…

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Bauble Heads: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring

By Adam Nayman / June 20, 2013

…songwriting prop up generally unpersuasive filmmaking. Following the film’s dismal bow at Cannes, the scuttlebutt was that the source material—Nancy Jo Sales’ 2010 Vanity Fair feature “The Suspects Wore Loboutins,”…

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World Out of Order: Tony Scott’s Vertigo

By Cinema Scope / August 20, 2012

…as envisioned in Rear Window (1954), was a first-hand, cozy neighbourhood affair. Over 50 years later, Déjà Vu reframes it to fit the current era of second-hand, Jumbotron “reality.” As…

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Wang Bing

By Chris Fujiwara / April 4, 2012

…also a war-movie element, a working-over of the terrain, together with the becoming-mineral of humanity that recalls the hard-bitten, antiheroic sagas of Samuel Fuller, Anthony Mann, and Miklós Janscó. But…

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Canada’s Top Ten 2011: The Roundtable

By cscope2 / January 5, 2012

…the anachronistic music in Edwin Boyd? The idea seemed to have been lifted wholesale from the trailer for Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (2009). Otherwise, that struck me as an uneven,…

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Fausto (Andrea Bussmann, Mexico/Canada) — Wavelengths

By Josh Cabrita / September 2, 2018

…reimagination of versions by Goethe and Thomas Mann in 2011. As early as 1903, Edwin S. Porter and Alice Guy-Blaché had adapted the supernatural tale, using its stable of fantastical…

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Cannes 2011 | Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Miike Takashi, Japan) and Guilty of Romance (Sono Sion, Japan)

By Christoph Huber / June 28, 2011

…of Mann-Friedkin-Hill ‘80s gleaming city-thriller tropes: a supple, ephemeral film about weakness, its fluid poetry is much easier to take than the antithetic aesthetic of its predecessor, a grave, thorny…

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Lantern Corpse: Green Lantern

By Bart Testa / June 17, 2011

…In the wake of these successes—a contrast to earlier, relatively short-lived televisual experiments with the continuing-narrative form, such as Michael Mann’s Crime Story (1986-88) and Steven Bochco’s Murder One (1995-97)—almost…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Mostly Items from Overseas

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 19, 2016

…new essay by my favourite young French critic, Murielle Joudet (whose essay on Bette Davis can be accessed in English translation at www.lolajournal.com/6/davis.html, and whose cheering thoughts in French about…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Auteurist and Non-Auteurist Shopping Tips

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / June 29, 2011

…portions of this five-disc set, it never occurred to me to look at Ivens’ odd and singular 20-minute Rotterdam Europoort (1966) until Kevin Lee recently returned from the Jeonju International…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Some Blessings and Curses of Cinephilia

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / January 2, 2019

…a stand-in for Claude Lanzmann. Otherwise, the longer version is somewhat more coherent (although it doesn’t clarify or justify some of the story’s sketchier side-plots, such as those involving the…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: A (Mainly) Alphabetical Listing of 24 Items

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / June 22, 2017

…pages) plus multiple booklets combo for $175 in the US at www.artbook.com, and from anywhere else in the world at steidl.de. As a customer, I couldn’t have afforded this (even…

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Exploded View | For a Cameraless Cinema: Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts

By Chuck Stephens / March 20, 2020

By Chuck Stephens “That photography is not a prerequisite for handmade cinema’s production means that we can more easily come to view how artists used a variety of materials—not only…

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Cinema Scope presents the Toronto premiere of Lewis Klahr’s SIXTY SIX

By cscope2 / May 12, 2016

…all manner of Pop-Art ephemera––with classical music cues and allusions to Greek mythology, this composite feature is the strangest of hybrids: a personal work of universal provenance.” —Jordan Cronk, Cinema…

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Web Only | The Monster is Afraid: The Elephant Man, David Lynch

By Serge Daney / September 4, 2009

…1 « Le temps des Cahiers 1962-1981 », Editions P.O.L, Paris, 2001, pp. 266-269. It appears here with the permission of the publisher Editions P.O.L (www.pol-editeur.fr). Translation by Laurent Kretzschmar….

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Beyond the Fringe

By Mark Peranson / January 14, 2011

Officials struggling to identify chemicals that forced evacuation VANCOUVER SUN—September 20, 2010 Health, fire and Vancouver city officials admitted Monday they are struggling to identify the chemicals emitting from the…

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Columns | CS45 Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / December 17, 2010

…Atelier Carvahlo Bernau Design in honour of the 80th birthday of you know who, made in Holland, not in U.S.A. (www.carvalho-bernau.com/jlg). If you are reading this online, feel free to…

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Spotlight | The Erotic Man

By Michael Sicinski / December 17, 2010

…Lit: www.badlit.com/?p=3032.) Setting up a comparison (or a dialogue, if you prefer) between Land’s Dialogues and Leth’s Erotic Man is a bit of a lark, a sort of one-night stand…

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The People Speak: Richard Linklater’s Bernie

By Adam Cook / June 8, 2012

…based: http://www.texasmonthly.com/1998-01-01/feature4.php.) In the small Texas town of Carthage, eccentric assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black, sporting a subtle Southern accent and a very controlled comic edge) is a…

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Columns | Editors Note: Cinema Scope Top Ten Films of 2009

By Mark Peranson / March 17, 2010

…all of its glory in the middle of page 33, if you are reading it in print, or on a separate link on the website, presenting the editorial compromise on…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Niche Market Refugees

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / March 21, 2016

…which it is based (and which comprises the only text in the film) in English at www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Horl.shtml; and as far as the Godard interview is concerned, he mainly seems to…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: Sometimes (Matters Arising)

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / June 24, 2012

…DVD edition of Sontag’s Promised Lands (1974), her non-fiction film about the 1973 Yom Kippur War, available from Zeitgeist and Kimstim—which I blogged about early last year at www.jonathanrosenbaum.com/?p=24291, and…

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Features | Killing Time: The Economical Diversity of Johnnie To

By Christoph Huber / September 4, 2009

…et le monde, Volume 1 « Le temps des Cahiers 1962-1981 », Editions P.O.L, Paris, 2001, pp. 266-269. It appears here with the permission of the publisher Editions P.O.L (www.pol-editeur.fr)….

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Advertising

By Cinema Scope / September 30, 2009

…us the complete link to the page you want the advert to point to: Eg: http://www.yourwebsite.com/yourwebpage 2. All files must be labeled correctly with the advertisers’ name, using no spaces…

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Columns | Gloval Discoveries on DVD: Critical Editions

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / September 1, 2009

…interjections), a new 20-minute assembly of outtakes (edited in such a way as to justify the ponderous Germanic title, Work in progress. Genetic Analysis of the Sign Structure and Rhetoric…

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Features | Out of Time: Notes on Marker

By Andrew Tracy / September 1, 2009

…the USSR, something will have really changed.” Fabricated, 20-year old images of an officially repudiated reality, speaking the actual words of the trial to an audience which had never been…

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Columns | Global Discoveries on DVD

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / August 28, 2009

…I still want to see and resee all of them. Danièle Huillet et Jean-Marie Straub, Volume 4: Amerika/Rapports de classes /Klassenverhältnisse (1983); Cézanne (1989), Une visite au Louvre (2003); En…

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Exploded View | Paul Sharits by Chuck Stephens

By Chuck Stephens / September 11, 2012

…infinite-loop “locational installations,” Yann Beauvais’ lushly illustrated Paul Sharits (Les Presses du Reél) chief among them. A huge archive of Sharits material is available at www.mikehoolboom.com, and Re:voir has produced…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Buñuel, Chabrol, Flaherty, Fuller, Lang, Lewin, Malick, Mosjoukine, Ozu, Resnais, Rouch/Morin, Portabella, and others

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / June 26, 2013

…Late Mathias Pascal (1926) from Flicker Alley prompted me to append to my 1976 review of this film for Monthly Film Bulletin the following, on my website: “A tinted restoration…

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Issue 64 Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / September 22, 2015

…budget is probably what guarantees him continual artistic freedom), and in such a particular and unique manner (for one, writing the script on the morning of shooting) evinces that, without…

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Issue 65 Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / December 21, 2015

By Mark Peranson Not to toot one’s own horn, but merely to point out a fact that might have flashed by or eluded many: again this year over at www.cinema-scope.com…

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Exploded View | Death of the Gorilla 

By Chuck Stephens / December 21, 2015

…and elaborately detailed and accessible at www.hallucinograms.com. Mays is also his own best critic and chronicler, as his biographical rumination “Mouse Enigma: Auto-History Of A Film Person” (1978-79, reprinted in…

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Shine a Light: Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

By Michael Sicinski / August 30, 2013

…positions cinema as a very real site for utopia. For Thomas More, Utopia was a no-place, a construct; taken positively, this is cinema defined. I guess this is a roundabout…

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TIFF 2013 Postscript | Wavelengths 2: Now & Then

By Samuel La France / September 20, 2013

…mouvement, 2012 An exercise in collaboration of another kind, Homme en mouvement, 2012 (co-directed by Christophe M. Saver, Ruben Glauser, and Max Idje) is the product of an assignment given…

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Cinema Scope Issue 56

Issue 56 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 15, 2013

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope issue 56. We post a few selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete…

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TIFF 2013 | Bethlehem (Yuval Adler, Israel)—Discovery

By Jay Kuehner / September 11, 2013

…narrative velocity and plot machinations (otherwise known as a thriller) gives away the film’s ultimate agenda as genre-dependent, regardless of site-specificity. Credit to Adler though for the necessarily unhappy ending….

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Issue 54 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 21, 2013

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope issue 54. We post a few selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete…

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Temps mort: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

By Andrew Tracy / August 30, 2013

…Renaissance-style roof now arching above a parking lot (which itself stands on the site of Henry Ford’s first garage); and as a balm for the wounded soul, doing a drive-by…

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Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh, US)

By Jason Anderson / June 26, 2013

…out the confusion of roles that existed between the two men—client and hustler, father and son, Bluebeard and wife—becomes its most provocative element. Nevertheless, the third bodily site of interest…

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Issue 55 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 27, 2013

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope issue 55. We post a few selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete…

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Issue 53 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 19, 2012

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope issue 53. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content please…

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Antoine Bourges on East Hastings Pharmacy

By Michael Vass / January 11, 2013

…an irreducible reality”: he films the pharmacy as a site of profound and mysterious human interaction, allowing the humour, even the charm, of the place and its clientele to emerge…

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Issue 58 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 23, 2014

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope #58. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content please subscribe…

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Issue 57 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 13, 2013

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope #57. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content please subscribe…

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TIFF 2015 | Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood, UK)—Gala Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 11, 2015

…borderline comic escalation of the scenario (mostly around the fraught and frustrating presence of a young girl who obliviously refuses to exit the target site) suggests Strangelove-ian satire—the buck keeps…

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Dreams of Light: The Cinema of Amit Dutta

By Max Nelson / March 20, 2014

…flattens the frame, cutting to a portrait by Nainsukh, painted in exquisite, precise detail, of his brother’s profiled face. Such moments, in which two mediums seem to be jostling for…

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Film/Art | Provenance: The Artist (Amie Siegel)

By Andrea Picard / March 20, 2014

…in Chandigarh’s Corb-designed Natural History Museum, Proof (Christie’s 19 October, 2013), an inkjet print of a proof from Christie’s auction catalogue encased in Lucite, and Lot 248, a six-minute video…

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Festivals | Berlin: The Forma of Things to Come

By Robert Koehler / March 20, 2014

…bee Ayako (Umeno Nagisa) because their social roles have reversed: Yukari is an office manager, while Ayako has sunk to directing truck traffic at a construction site, and meekly accepts…

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Each Memory Creates Its Own Legend: The Films of John Torres

By Max Nelson / June 25, 2014

…as a political and economic danger zone. If the interviewer’s opening question is a kind of challenge, then Torres’ response is to re-cast Manila as the site of a booming…

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Issue 59 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 25, 2014

This is the complete list of articles from the print magazine issue of Cinema Scope #59. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content…

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Pacifico’s Heights: Simone Rapisarda Casanova on The Creation of Meaning

By Jason Anderson / September 16, 2014

…he peels off another layer of artificiality and gets to the kernel of it at the end of 20 or 80 takes. I work in the opposite way—I try to…

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Issue 60 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 16, 2014

This is the complete list of articles from the print magazine issue of Cinema Scope #60. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content…

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Dead Meat: Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin

By Michael Sicinski / December 18, 2014

…much in line with the artists’ primary bodies of work. To name only the most obvious: Olivier Assayas (Carlos, 2010), Todd Haynes (Mildred Pierce, 2011), Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Penance, 2012), Jane…

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Joyce Wieland: Word of Mouth

By Samuel La France / June 23, 2015

…might make the performance sound like something of a meltdown, the technical issues caused inadvertent but apposite reverberations with Wieland’s work, which is filled with images of mouths that speak…

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Issue 63 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 23, 2015

This is the complete list of articles from the print magazine issue of Cinema Scope #63. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content…

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TIFF 2015 | Cinema Scope 64 Preview | High-Rise (Ben Wheatley, UK)—Platform

By Tom Charity / September 7, 2015

…and was now exhausted.” This isn’t what mild-mannered Laing (Tom Hiddleston) anticipates when he opts for the self-imposed isolation of a large but empty and anonymous apartment on the 25th…

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TIFF 2015 | Cinema Scope 64 Preview | The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Ben Rivers, UK—Wavelengths

By Leo Goldsmith / September 8, 2015

…to bend the wayward elements of reality to his singular, personal vision, Rivers’ film suggests precisely the opposite: that cinema is a space for collaboration and collusion, however messy they…

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TIFF 2015 | Cinema Scope 64 Preview | The Mask (Eyes of Hell) (Julian Roffman, Canada)—TIFF Cinematheque

By Samuel La France / September 9, 2015

…real horrors with site-specific audience-goosing gimmicks. In its brief opening prologue (excised from the VHS and television versions), Roffman’s Mask establishes itself in that august lineage by having publicity-stunt master…

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Issue 52 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 17, 2012

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope issue 52. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content please…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Assorted Heavy Meals, Tidbits, & Half-Loaves

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 16, 2012

…Godard and Miéville’s tribute to French critics related to cinema (from Diderot to Daney) at the climax of 2 x 50 ans du cinéma français 20 years later, but with…

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Sundance 2009: Lost Frontier

By Robert Koehler / September 12, 2009

…of existence. Speaking of Old Joy: 2006 was the last really good year for the section, when it showed the Reichardt, Everson’s Cinnamon, Betzy Bromberg’s a Darkness Swallowed, (largely, to…

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DVD Bonus | Upper West Side Story: Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret

By Robert Koehler / September 11, 2012

…a generation. This was my stance when viewing Margaret late in November on my MacBook Pro on a streaming video site; it was obvious that the movie, from its city…

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Interviews | Surfing on the Wave of Reality: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s Alamar

By Adam Nayman / March 17, 2010

…that plans are afoot to make Banco Chinchorro a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) These are potentially valid angles of approach, if all similarly reductive and downright dismal when measured against…

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Canadiana | Put the Mask on Now!

By Samuel La France / September 25, 2015

…Barnumesque antics of showboating entrepreneurs like William Castle, who sought to erase the division between reel and real horrors with site-specific audience-goosing gimmicks. In its brief opening prologue (excised from…

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El Gran Movimiento (Kiro Russo, Bolivia/France/Qatar/Switzerland)

By Jay Kuehner / January 4, 2022

…film Viejo calavera (Dark Skull).  That Ticona is both this and also a real-life participant in the miners’ 2018 march from Huanuni is indicative of  Russo’s productive ambivalence toward both…

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Issue 61 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 18, 2014

This is the complete list of articles from the print magazine issue of Cinema Scope #61. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content…

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Columns | Film/Art: Mark Lewis’ Backstory

By Mark Peranson / August 28, 2009

By Mark Peranson Relegated off-site from the Giardini and Arsenale HQ at the Venice Biennale, nearly alone in the Campo Santa Margherita, sat Backstory, Mark Lewis’ companion to his Cold…

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Web Only | TIFF 2007: Places of Rest

By Andrew Tracy / September 1, 2009

…Bordwell) are here employed not for the heightening and illumination of a particular manner of life (as in Sátántangó [1994]) or a cosmic idea of life, however pretentious (as per…

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Interviews | Reigniting the Flame: John Gianvito’s Profit motive and the whispering wind

By Michael Sicinski / September 3, 2009

…the wind. The concluding minutes of Profit motive make this restlessness explicit, in a manner that practically recodes the entire film, shifting its terms from the elegiac to the cyclotronic,…

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Features | The Stubborn Utopian: The Films of Alexander Kluge

By Christopher Pavsek / September 3, 2009

…the most recognizable names in German cinema—Herzog, Wenders, Schlöndorff—never would have come into being. In addition to producing some 15 feature-length films and almost 20 shorts in his almost five…

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Interviews | Ghost Stories: Wang Bing’s Startling New Cinema

By Robert Koehler / September 3, 2009

…I planned a 50-minute film of her talking. The actual filming started in January 2006. After I finished filming, I realized that I couldn’t squeeze it into 50 minutes. In…

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Spotlight | From Sundance to Berlin: More Films About Buildings and Fools

By Mark Peranson / September 4, 2009

…what you are going to get: Schindler houses, 40 of them. Without a voiceover, with on-site direct sound. But the greatest shock of the Berlinale came with the opening shot…

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Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / September 12, 2009

…to develop, so I’ve let some writers go on perhaps a bit too long for some tastes. This has necessitated moving some articles to the web site, such as the…

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The Decade in Review | Bérénice Reynaud

By Berenice Reynaud / March 16, 2010

…Zi’en, would spend months documenting the efforts of a school for migrant children to survive on a construction site in We are the… of Communism (2007). From the cinematic representation…

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The Decade in Review | Charles Mudede

By Charles Mudede / March 16, 2010

…robots have in common is a soul—one from within, WALL*E; the other, from without, Sleep Dealer. Memo ensouls his robot, which works at a construction site in a big US…

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Features | Cast Glances: Thomas Comerford’s The Indian Boundary Line and the Contemporary Landscape Film

By Tom McCormack / September 21, 2010

…frame his insatiable hunger for images. Traversing sites that commemorate Marquette’s landing in Chicago, coupled with an interview with a current resident of one of these areas (surprise: the interviewee…

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Megaphone Cinema: Ten Films from Locarno

By Adam Cook / August 17, 2012

…soundtrack, on-site recordings that imbue the otherwise aesthetically gorgeous visuals with a sense of the life they portray. He has come close perfecting this marriage of sound and image that…

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The Reckless Moment: 5 MDFF Shorts at The Royal

By Adam Nayman / May 15, 2011

…my uncle works at the site is with four or five people, small crews. When Dan and I were at film school together at Ryerson, we wanted to make Assault,…

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Welcome to Calais: Sylvain George and the Aesthetics of Resistance

By Jay Kuehner / June 28, 2011

…deemed criminal is met with protest from European social, health, and humanitarian workers, as well as requisite liberals who denounce the brutal police action as shameful, but the spectacle has…

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Forking Paths: Another Earth

By John Semley / July 29, 2011

…Cake, 2006), Deborah Chow (The High Cost of Living, 2010), Andrea Arnold (Red Road, 2006) and, most notably, the Dardennes (Le fils, 2002). But while this narrative framework is buckling…

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We Can’t Go Home Again: Nicholas Ray’s Film Maudit Restored

By Gabe Klinger / September 28, 2011

…Tom Farrell’s voiceover at the beginning of the film. Ray’s narration is both more detailed—Farrell’s voice never identified, for example, the fleeting images of Black Panther Fred Hampton’s murder site

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Port of Forgotten Dreams: Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre

By Michael Sicinski / November 4, 2011

…had been achieved. In a manner of speaking, the “last man standing” from this wreckage was Fassbinder, who, by channeling his leftism through Sirkian affect, found a way forward, even…

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Documentary Is Just One of My Tools: The Digital Film Activism of Ai Weiwei

By J.P. Sniadecki / December 20, 2011

…door-to-door investigations of the shoddy construction of schools that contributed to the high death toll of children in the earthquake. The film weaves through disaster sites, witnesses the grief and…

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Global Discoveries on DVD: About 40 More Items (or Thereabouts)

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 20, 2011

…achieving some of the attention he’s long deserved: a brand-new web site devoted to him and his work, raymonddurgnat.com, is now receiving visitors. *** If I’m not mistaken, Manoel de…

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Longue durée: The Images Festival at 25

By Aliza Ma / May 4, 2012

…the observatory, a breathtakingly long, slow tracking shot drifts over waxed concrete floors and intermingles the site’s architecture with the film’s own formalist design. Through images exposed by a semi-circle…

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Split Decision: Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz

By Adam Nayman / June 22, 2012

…coerced by a group of Nova Scotian historical re-enactors into pantomiming flogging an adulterer. As a self-contained scene, it’s pretty funny: the Canadian Heritage Site equivalent of being forced to…

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Eight Footnotes on a Brief Description of Footnotes to a House of Love, and Other Films by Laida Lertxundi

By Phil Coldiron / June 24, 2012

…a smoothly moving camera to explore the space of an apartment, a site of pure presence that exists only to be occupied, the midpoint on a movement from absence through…

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The Cheshire Cat Quinzaine

By Robert Koehler / June 24, 2012

…des réalisateurs de films), which founded and governs the Quinzaine, was based on rampant disappointment over the quality of and reception to Boyer’s programming in the two editions (2010, 2011)…

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Compliance (Craig Zobel, US)

By Adam Nayman / June 24, 2012

…narrative detail, but the dual implications of job-site carelessness and lingering rot permeate everything that follows. Sandra suspects that the culprit in the bacon situation is Becky (Dreama Walker), a…

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Ass and Ye Shall Receive: Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike

By Kiva Reardon / July 6, 2012

…to Mike’s construction site, Mike takes the younger man under his wing and introduces him to Xquisite, where Adam soon joins the thong-clad fold. Brooke disapproves of her brother’s new…

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High-Rise (Ben Wheatley, UK)

By Tom Charity / September 22, 2015

…in our bones: savage, chaotic, cannibalistic, and doomed. As Ballard puts it, it exists in “a future that had already taken place, and was now exhausted.” This isn’t what mild-mannered…

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Exchange Rate: The Silent Partner at 40

By Adam Nayman / July 2, 2018

…sick, channelling nothing less than Norman Bates’ crime-scene anxiety in Psycho (1960). When he finally dumps Elaine’s corpse at a construction site beside the Sheraton Centre, his relief at literally…

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Notes on Camp: An Interview with David Wain

By Adam Nayman / September 22, 2015

…States is on site to authorize a nuclear strike on the cabins, but, after a prolonged standoff, he calls off his troops and returns to Washington, humbled by the rhetoric…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Diverse Kinds of Do-it-Yourself Subterfuge, Mainly American

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / June 23, 2020

…have never reached the consciousness of most North Americans, can sometimes be joyfully accessed in this manner. (For a succinct introduction to her work, check out Birgit Beumer’s obit on…

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Cocote (Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias, Dominican Republic/Argentina/Germany)

By Jay Kuehner / December 19, 2017

…the parameters of first- and third-person representation. De Los Santos Arias employs 360-degree pans to exquisite effect, often accommodating multiple experiential frequencies within the same shot, articulating Alberto’s indeterminate state—is…

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The Limits of Control: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel’s Caniba

By Samuel La France / December 19, 2017

…his mother gently holds his arm at the exact spot that would soon become the site of his erogenous fixation. While this type of psychoanalytic conjecture is a welcome diversion…

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Visages villages (Agnès Varda & JR, France)

By Erika Balsom / March 16, 2018

…had declared bankruptcy, leaving devastated local businesses and the shells of some 30 incomplete structures in its wake. French newspaper Le Monde called the site a “village fantôme”; it was…

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Dead Souls (Wang Bing, France/Switzerland) — Wavelengths

By Jesse Cumming / September 6, 2018

…screened 35mm short Traces (shot 2005, released 2014), which was filmed in a similar pseudo-cemetery on the former site of the Jiabiangou camp, Wang trains his camera on the nearly…

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Saf (Ali Vatansever, Turkey/Germany/Romania) — Discovery

By Angelo Muredda / September 14, 2018

…him with paper-thin foils at the job site, characters who only exist to point out the hypocrisy of working-class citizens who can’t see past their own light-skinned privilege to recognize…

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The Stone Speakers (Igor Drljaca, Canada/Bosnia & Herzegovina) — Wavelengths

By Pedro Segura / September 16, 2018

…The Stone Speakers places the past in the present to reveal the invisible and permanent subtext inherent in the transitory space. As we’re touring a holy site in which supposedly…

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On the Outskirts: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s Interchange

By Madeleine Wall / October 9, 2018

…for a different kind of place: a site of stillness in a world that is constantly moving, a place as much on the outskirts of conventional representation as on the…

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Festivals | Doclisboa 2018: A Scream into the Void

By Christopher Small / January 2, 2019

…a result, as I gather my thoughts about the 16th edition of Doclisboa, I’m as drawn to its specially-produced festival spot—a pugnacious 20-second job in which all manner of crockery…

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A Land Imagined (Yeo Siew Hua, Singapore/France/Netherlands)

By Lawrence Garcia / January 2, 2019

…From the site’s endless mountains of sand, framed like looming burial sites, emanate an impression of human disposability. As in any good noir, there’s also, of course, an alluring woman….

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Deaths of Cinema | Missives from the End of the World: Jocelyne Saab (1948–2019)

By Celluloid Liberation Front / March 26, 2019

…(Iran, l’utopie en marche, 1980) or the plight of Lebanon’s LGBT community (Café du genre, 2013), Saab always refrained from passing any judgment in the courageous attempt to understand, lending…

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SaF05 (Charlotte Prodger, UK) — Wavelengths

By Erika Balsom / September 4, 2019

…of the self, SaF05 concludes with the lioness still unseen; frustrating the panoptic gaze from above, she is an absent anchor, a powerful site of fantasy untamed by the real….

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The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (Karim Aïnouz, Brazil/Germany) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Jaclyn Bruneau / September 6, 2019

…husband who is personally affronted by her relationship to it, a transgression against her father who disapproves of her ambition, and, perhaps most importantly, a site for her to grieve….

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Live(stream) and In Person: Watching Zia Anger’s My First Film in the Age of Quarantine

By Jessica McGoff / June 23, 2020

…Anger took to Twitter to announce the livestream premiere of her project. The audience was assembled on a first-come, first-served basis, with the first 50 people to email her receiving…

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Ephraim Asili’s Immeasurable Equations

By Jesse Cumming / September 28, 2017

…in manner. The filmmaker announces as much early on in the piece when he presents a replica of David Hammons’ African American Flag, which reimagines the Stars and Stripes with…

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In Search of the Female Gaze

By Erika Balsom / June 23, 2020

…The story is told from her point of view; Her story calls into question the patriarchal order. Formally, it is necessary that The film is constructed in a manner that…

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DAU. Diary & Dialogue. Part One: A Living World

By Jordan Cronk / June 23, 2020

…make it exceptionally well suited to the at-home viewing environment. (Also featured on the site: in-depth character profiles and a clickable genealogy of films and their participants built for hours…

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Festivals | Fantasia 2020: Unexpected Pleasures

By Katherine Connell / September 22, 2020

…rural German town backdropped by xenophobia and racism. Tormented by recurring nightmares of an ominous edifice, Marlene (Sandra Hüller) visits the site of her fears, the Sonnenhugel Hotel; overcome by…

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Books | Molto Bene: The Life and Deeds of a Selfless Egomaniac

By Celluloid Liberation Front / September 22, 2020

…his colleague Félix Guattari had theorized the necessity of dissolving the dualism of dialectics, and posited the plane of immanence as the site where this dissolution should take place, Bene…

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The Home and the World: Three Films by Ruchir Joshi

By Jesse Cumming / September 22, 2020

…(subsequently published on the Bengali music site The Travelling Archive), Joshi states that “the safety net is that after one or two more days of shooting we will have the…

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Nomadland (Chloe Zhao, US)

By Robert Koehler / December 22, 2020

…Bruder writes, “laborers established a tent colony on the site of what later became the town. By some accounts, Empire boasted the longest continuously operating mine in the country, excavating…

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The Calming (Song Fang, China)

By Courtney Duckworth / December 22, 2020

…with friends or family, instead seeking out nature as an originary site of experience without the pressures and demands of people. On one of these ambles, Lin passes through a…

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Beginning (Dea Kulumbegashvili, Georgia/France)

By Lawrence Garcia / December 22, 2020

…scenario, Beginning notably departs from her sense of entrapment during a countryside drive towards the site of Giorgi’s baptism, where the camera’s movement becomes, in this film of tense fixity,…

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F for Fake: Mank

By Andrew Tracy / December 22, 2020

…remains [as a cultural figure], a site for the acting out of various fantasies.” Indeed, for a filmmaker who spent the majority of his career being marginalized in one way…

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Exploded View: Steina & Woody Vasulka

By Chuck Stephens / April 5, 2021

site filled with ample riches beneath mysterious menu-hierarchies, and examples of their work are available everywhere from YouTube and Vimeo to all the usual bootleg repositories. Our most intrepid enthusiasts…

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Fern Silva’s Itinerary

By Michael Sicinski / March 25, 2021

…Thirty Meter Telescope, a proposed interstellar observatory on the mountain of Mauna Kea. Not only is Mauna Kea one of the most sacred sites in Hawaiian cosmology, but it is…

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TIFF 2021 | Titane (Julie Ducournau, France/Belgium)

By Phil Coldiron / September 9, 2021

…would go on being worked out by Lloyd and Keaton up through Crash (1996) and Death Proof (2007), the human-car relationship has generally been more accommodating, less overt in its…

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Titane (Julie Ducournau, France/Belgium)

By Phil Coldiron / September 20, 2021

…Lloyd and Keaton up through Crash (1996) and Death Proof (2007), the human-car relationship has generally been more accommodating, less overt in its violence. The car is context, an acutely…

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Those You Call Mutants: The Films of Lucrecia Martel

By Blake Williams / September 28, 2017

…when its most considerate and open-minded character, Mecha’s teenage daughter, Momi (Sofia Bertolotto), proclaims, after venturing to the site of the Virgin sighting, “I didn’t see a thing.” Martel’s follow-up,…

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler, US) — Midnight Madness

By Steve Macfarlane / September 15, 2017

…valiantly, into a supermax black-site prison, climaxing in a gladiatorial fiesta of cranked-to-11 skull-stomping. Expecting a baby with his wife (Jennifer Carpenter), Bradley says yes to a meth-smuggling job that…

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Issue 64 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 25, 2015

This is the complete list of articles from the print magazine issue of Cinema Scope #64. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content…

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Locarno (I): Challenges

By Jay Kuehner / September 26, 2016

…something of a cherished motif of the film, conceived of equal parts Walter Hill and Jacques Tati.) The manning of falcons provides the ritual proceedings with incidental intrigue—the film is…

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Leeching Upon the Lifeblood of the Real: Ben Rivers’ The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

By Leo Goldsmith / September 22, 2015

…the wayward elements of reality to his singular, personal vision, Rivers’ film suggests precisely the opposite: that cinema is a space for collaboration and collusion, however messy they may be….

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Failure Hasn’t Spoiled Him Yet: Alan Zweig Succeeds in Spite of Himself

By Jason Anderson / December 21, 2015

…how well it turns out. Zweig’s dynamic with his subject turns testy as the two travel to Victoria to revisit the site of the runner’s original triumph, which bears the…

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Issue 65 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 21, 2015

This the full table of contents from Cinema Scope Magazine #65. We post selected articles from each issue on the site which you can read for free using the links…

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Exploded View: Tom Palazzolo’s Love It / Leave It

By Chuck Stephens / March 21, 2016

…beautiful films are available on Fandor’s streaming site, including Love It / Leave It. You can find the terrific Your Astronauts (1970) on YouTube, another of Palazzolo’s parade films, this…

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A Film/Art Hypothesis: Philippe Parreno at HangarBicocca

By Andrea Picard / March 21, 2016

…of choreography that invoked a linear yet infinitely looping pattern of lights and sound along algorithmic shifts, the show began with an exquisite prelude: American artist Jasper Johns’ set pieces…

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True Colours: On Margaret Honda’s Style

By Phil Coldiron / March 21, 2016

…its many guises, has remained central to the last 50 years of American movies of all types. Honda, who has spoken openly about her relative lack of facility with the…

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Issue 66 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 21, 2016

This the full table of contents from Cinema Scope Magazine #66. We post selected articles from each issue on the site which you can read for free using the links…

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Mimosas (Oliver Laxe, Spain/Morocco/Qatar/France)

By Jay Kuehner / June 27, 2016

…serves as a convenient canvas on which to roll out the title credits, but it discreetly yet determinedly acts as a site for Mimosas’ abiding sense of concomitance, expressed in…

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Issue 67: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 27, 2016

This the full table of contents from Cinema Scope Magazine #67. We post selected articles from each issue on the site which you can read for free using the links…

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Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa, Germany) — Wavelengths

By Michael Sicinski / September 7, 2016

…rigorously formal (Landscape, 2003), distanced and sociological (Factory, 2004), or observed while caught up in the tangle of current events, as revolutionaries are busily writing and rewriting their own history…

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Singularity (Albert Serra, Spain) — Wavelengths

By Andrea Picard / September 8, 2016

From Cinema Scope #63 (Summer 2015) By Andréa Picard First presented in the 2015 Venice Biennale at the off-site collateral event “Catalonia in Venice,” Albert Serra’s Singularity, a sumptuous, monumental…

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Mimosas (Oliver Laxe, Spain/Morocco/Qatar/France) — Wavelengths

By Jay Kuehner / September 9, 2016

…ambient noise. This initial tromp l’oeil serves as a convenient canvas on which to roll out the title credits, but it discreetly yet determinedly acts as a site for Mimosas’…

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Cinema Scope Magazine Issue 68

Issue 68: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 26, 2016

This the full table of contents from Cinema Scope Magazine #68. We post selected articles from each issue on the site which you can read for free using the links…

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Simulation (Abed Abest, Iran) — Discovery

By Phil Coldiron / September 8, 2017

…a site onto which the rest of the world regularly projects its own visions. However, while the film’s conceptual achievements are considerable, the experience of watching it proves to be…

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Film/Art | News from Anywhere, Nowhere, Home: Notes on the BNLMTL

By Andrea Picard / December 19, 2016

…power amid historical fissures and change. Focusing on Turkish-Armenian oud master Udi Hrant Kenkulian, whose songs form a link between sites of music production and sharing within present-day Istanbul, Aivazian…

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Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa, Germany)

By Jay Kuehner / December 19, 2016

…very least, the film’s contrapuntal stance serves notice of the site’s amenability for poor judgment, as one chaperone can be heard trying to hasten the end of a lunch break…

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Something, Everything: Manuela De Laborde on AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN

By Blake Williams / December 19, 2016

…had a predisposition towards this chiaroscuro effect for a while. I wanted to create a film that had site specificity, that talked directly to the infrastructure of the theatre, which…

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Issue 69: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 19, 2016

This the full table of contents from Cinema Scope Magazine #69. We post selected articles from each issue on the site which you can read for free using the links…

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Sundance (II): A Few Useful Details

By Jay Kuehner / March 24, 2017

…the boardwalk at a nightly fireworks display. “Fireworks are the opposite of romantic,” Frankie says rather brusquely, hinting at the subtle weight of obligatory behaviour that might be tamping him…

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Film/Art | Indeed, We Know: On the Video Art of Elizabeth Price

By Blake Williams / March 24, 2017

…how we, as viewers, can engage with her style of organization. What we’re experiencing is essentially an update and saturation of the Surrealists’ exquisite-corpse technique—a stream-of-consciousness daisy chain for the…

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Unseen Forces: Joshua Bonnetta in Sound and Image

By Michael Sicinski / March 20, 2017

…Films productions (Afterschool, 2006; Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011; James White, 2015)—a general orientation that supersedes the prerogative of any given auteur. This is not exactly fair. No one would…

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Issue 70: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 24, 2017

This the full table of contents from Cinema Scope Magazine #70. We post selected articles from each issue on the site which you can read for free using the links…

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Cannes at 70: Bad Times, Good Time

By Mark Peranson / June 23, 2017

20 minutes shorter during the festival (and good luck convincing Ruben Östlund to make those significant cuts now). But The Square at least had a full set of closing credits,…

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Zama (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/ France/Netherlands/Mexico/ Portugal/USA) — Masters

By Blake Williams / September 4, 2017

…then, that the movie should finally end when its most considerate and open-minded character, Mecha’s teenage daughter, Momi (Sofia Bertolotto), proclaims, after venturing to the site of the Virgin sighting,…

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The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho, Portugal) — Wavelengths

By Phil Coldiron / September 7, 2017

…to occupy (i.e., to continue working while producing nothing) to the ultimate mechanics of self-management. The factory is the locus, but it’s not figured as an isolated site: Pinho ranges…

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Fluid Frontiers (Ephraim Asili, USA/Canada) — Wavelengths

By Jesse Cumming / September 7, 2017

…apartment sequences also evince Asili’s comparably Godardian interest in iconography, in magnitude if not in manner. The filmmaker announces as much early on in the piece when he presents a…

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The Great Buddha+ (Huang Hsin-Yao, Taiwan) — Discovery

By Aurelie Godet / September 8, 2017

…named Pickle is employed by a rich playboy, Kevin, to watch the construction site of a great bronze Buddha statue. His dull evenings are enlivened by the company of his…

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Higher Power: Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta and the Legacy of Nunsploitation

By Christoph Huber / January 4, 2022

…that have made the Dutch director one of the most distinctive artistic voices working in commercial cinema for the last 50 years. The set-up is familiar from countless movies, and…

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