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Philippe Garnier

Noir City 2012 at the Egyptian

There exists a body of Hollywood films made in 1932-33 — a narrow window just before and after Franklin Roosevelt's election — that reflected the deep despair of the American people confronted with corruption at all political levels, and their temptation to take matters into their own hands. This type......
The Great Gatsby

Noir City 2012

It may seem weird to kick off the annual film noir series at the Egyptian (running through May 6) with the little-seen Elliott Nugent version of The Great Gatsby; but then, this 14th edition is clearly intent on expanding the field. Among the usual chestnuts and discoveries, there will be......
Claire’s Knee

Eric Rohmer's Talking Pictures

Screenwriter Alan Sharp may have supplied the perfect epitaph for Eric Rohmer, who died last Sunday at 89 — the only one that will stick anyway. “I saw a Rohmer film once,” growls cuckold detective Gene Hackman in the Sharp-scripted Night Moves. “It was like watching paint dry.” Many people......
Outside the box: Richard Kelly; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

The Box’s Richard Kelly: Button Pusher

Like his most famous character, Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly’s young career has been about second chances. So it’s no real surprise to see him taking his new picture and its promotion pretty much in stride, three years after his sophomore film, Southland Tales, famously bombed at Cannes and whimpered at......
Best of the fest: Everyone Else

New York Film Festival: Window on the World

The glass prow of the new Alice Tully Hall jutting out at 65th & Broadway wasn’t the only sign that the New York Film Festival (September 25-October 11), now approaching the half-century mark, wants to present a new face, if not take an entirely new tack. Routinely perceived as elitist......
Forties film star Adrian Booth; Credit: Star Foreman

It Came From Cinecon

There is something eerie about crossing an empty Hollywood Boulevard at 10 on a Sunday morning, walking past the old Christie Hotel and on to the Egyptian Theater to see Turn to the Right, a marvelous (if minor) silent film the great Rex Ingram made for Metro Pictures Corporation in......
The windmills of his mind

The Windmill Movie: Mr. Rogers' Nieghborhood

When it premiered at last year’s New York Film Festival, where it was one of the most memorable entries, Alexander Olch’s The Windmill Movie was preceded by Richard P. Rogers’ stunning 1970 short, Quarry, and one can only hope the film’s forthcoming HBO broadcast and DVD edition will follow suit......
Joan Bennett

UCLA Restores Fritz Lang’s Freudian Film Maudit

Was there more to Secret Beyond the Door for Fritz Lang than mere Hitchcock envy? Film historians have long dismissed this 1948 picture, as Lang himself did later in life. The film was a flop and sealed the end of Diana Films, his promising and financially rewarding alliance with star......
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