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News to Me: Angela Schanelec, Jim Jarmusch, Ilya Khrzhanovsky

<b>Angela Schanelec’s I Was at Home, But…</b><p>Ever since Angela Schanelec’s 1994 debut feature, <i>I Stayed in Berlin During the Summer</i>, the German filmmaker has …

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Film of the Week: What Will People Say

<i>What Will People Say</i>, the second feature by Iram Haq (<i>I Am Yours</i>), is based on the Norwegian director’s own experience: at the age of 14, she was …

nisha

Deep Focus: Fred & Ginger

Audiences knew them as Fred and Ginger. Critics call the work they did together on the ten films in the complete retrospective Fred & Ginger (running …

Fundraising

The Film Comment Podcast: Drone Cinema

“In just a few years’ time, they’ve become both requisite filmmaking tools and regrettable freighters of cliché. Drone shots are easily recognizable …

Drones

Always Gonna Dance

<i>This article originally appeared in the September-October 1979 issue of</i> Film Comment.<p><b>Confessional</b> <br>My interest in the cinema started when I saw <i>Top Hat</i> …

Love Stories

News to Me: Debra Granik, Mia Hansen-Løve, Claude Lanzmann

<b>Debra Granik</b><p>For the past three and a half years, <i>Leave No Trace</i> and <i>Winter’s Bone</i> director Debra Granik has been collecting footage for her next …

Film Festivals

Film of the Week: Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

“Coda” might be considered a tactless term to apply in a documentary about a musician who, at 66, is perhaps in the autumn rather than the winter of …

Arctic Circle

Deep Focus: Ant-Man and the Wasp

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus may be dead, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe lives. For any director, organizing the ins and outs of …

Comics

Queer & Now & Then: 1953

<i>In this biweekly column, I look back through a century of cinema for traces of queerness, whether in plain sight or under the surface. Read the</i></i> …

Red River

The Film Comment Podcast: Sorry to Bother You

“Audiences will enjoy <i>Sorry to Bother You</i> in one go, but the film invites and can stand up to multiple viewings, in much the same way that complex rap …

Lakeith Stanfield

News to Me: Lizzie Borden, Greta Gerwig, Ryuichi Sakamoto

<b>Lizzie Borden</b><p>Thirty-five years later, Lizzie Borden’s <i>Born in Flames</i> remains a stirring call to arms against racist and sexist governmental …

Timothée Chalamet

Film of the Week: Leave No Trace

The first thing that comes to mind watching Debra Granik’s <i>Leave No Trace</i> is Andrew Marvell’s phrase “a green thought in a green shade.” At the very …

Idealism

TCM Diary: High Society

<i>High Society</i>, directed by Charles Walters, opens with a hovering helicopter shot of the “cliff walk” in Newport, Rhode Island, lined with mansions …

Grace Kelly

The Film Comment Podcast: Visconti

For many New York moviegoers, the past few weeks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center have virtually belonged to Luchino Visconti. The retrospective …

The Arts

Deep Focus: Sicario: Day of the Soldado

This clear-eyed, kick-ass action movie traces the thin red line between <i>sicario</i> and <i>soldado</i> when a U.S. black-ops unit battles Mexican drug cartels …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Interview: Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn

A series of mellow vignettes set around the Bush-Clinton transition, Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn’s <i>L for Leisure</i> (2014) mixed “I Love the ’90s” …

Hot Springs

Interview: Jim McKay

Jim McKay made two defining New York independent film features, <i>Girl Talk</i> (1996) and <i>Our Song</i> (2000), both focused on high-school girls in Brooklyn. He …

El Salvador

News to Me: Pedro Almodóvar, Julia Ducournau, Taika Waititi

<b>Pedro Almodóvar</b><p>Pedro Almodóvar (Photo: Philip May)<p>In July, production is scheduled to start on Pedro Almodóvar’s 21st feature, <i>Pain & Glory</i>. According …

Film Festivals

Hard Traveling: Araby, Gabriel and the Mountain, and Vagabond

In a moment of fleeting and uncharacteristic tenderness, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), the title character in Agnès Varda’s <i>Vagabond</i> (1985), writes her …

Framing

Deep Focus: The King

Let’s fantasize that in 1968, after the startling success of his televised comeback concert, Elvis Presley continued to recharge his music, stay trim …

Music

The Film Comment Podcast: Paul Schrader

“Although religious symbols and themes have often found their way into Schrader’s film work, <i>First Reformed</i> marks the first time he has applied …

Tessa Thompson

Film of the Week: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

A popular trick among us film critics is to identify a given film as “really” a Western, wherever in the world it’s set, and particularly if it takes …

Home Invasion

Queer & Now & Then: 1985

<i>In this biweekly column, I look back through a century of cinema for traces of queerness, whether in plain sight or under the surface. Read the</i></i> …

University of Illinois

Festivals: Taiwan

Twenty years after its founding, the most recent edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival confronted its self-anointed status as a …

China

News to Me: James Ivory, Alexander Payne, Werner Herzog

<b>James Ivory and Alexander Payne</b><p>After winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for <i>Call Me by Your Name</i>, James Ivory is moving full speed …

Alexander Payne

Film of the Week: Araby

<i>Araby</i> (original title: <i>Arábia</i>) is no more set in Arabia than <i>Liverpool</i> is set in Liverpool or <i>Brazil</i> in Brazil; it is, however, set in Brazil. In its …

Deep Focus: Incredibles 2

Levity plus ebullience equals buoyancy. That’s what Brad Bird proves in his <i>Incredibles</i> movies as they take off in the opening minutes and keep …

The Film Comment Podcast: Ari Aster

This summer we kicked off our Film Comment Free Talks, a new series of conversations with filmmakers held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For …

Interview: Kevin Brownlow

A game called Six Degrees of Kevin Brownlow would cover movie history in its entirety. The groundbreaking silent-film historian and preservationist …

Interview: Yann Gonzalez

With a title akin to a vintage 4AD album and promotional materials resembling some lost, neon-streaked urban noir, French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez’s</i> …