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Arrugas (Wrinkles)

Best of Spanish Cinema Ranges From Terror Plots to Barcelona Teen Angst

For two decades the American Cinematheque's annual distillation of Spain's finest new films has been a highlight for local movie lovers, and the five available for preview this year all are outstanding.Two sisters -- played by María León and Inma Cuesta, both superb -- hold the center of Benito Zambrano's......

Herostratus: Suicide as Self-Promotion in a Lost Masterpiece

"I'm going to commit suicide." "My congratulations." Don Levy's 1967 Herostratus is in all likelihood the greatest movie-masterpiece you have never heard of. A young poet (Michael Gothard) decides to commit suicide, but strikes a demonic bargain with an advertising tycoon (Peter Stephens) to give the deed maximum publicity. The......
The Iron Horse

by the Grace of Ford

If you've ever doubted the greatness of John Ford - and such heresy is actually conceivable, if you only know his spottier and more sentimental films - then you must see the American Cinematheque's "Ford at Fox" series (timed to coincide with the release of the same-named 21-disc DVD box......

Napoléon

For decades, Abel Gance’s 1927 silent epic was one of the Holy Grails of world cinema. The very grandeur of what Gance had attempted (including images that spanned three screens, predating CinemaScope) condemned the film to be whittled away willy-nilly in the first years of its release, only to be......

Napoléon

For decades, Abel Gance’s 1927 silent epic was one of the Holy Grails of world cinema. The very grandeur of what Gance had attempted (including images that spanned three screens, predating CinemaScope) condemned the film to be whittled away willy-nilly in the first years of its release, only to be......

Festival of Film Noir

“Writers have no business kissing ass,” says the sharp-witted sage Albert Isaac (“Buzz”) Bezzerides, a founding father of film noir who is the symbolic parade marshall of this year’s Noirfest. Novelist and screenwriter, he is filmed going strong at age 97 in director Fay Lellios’ documentary The Long Haul of......
The Narrow Margin

Fantastic Voyage: An Homage to Richard Fleischer

Movies were in Richard Fleischer’s blood — one can even argue they were his first language. His father was the great animator Max Fleischer, whose wildly imaginative Betty Boop cartoons had even Walt Disney in awe. That same exuberance and fluidity governed the son’s career as well. How else do......