French Noir and Flying SwordsmenBy David Wilentz and David N. Meyer
In the view of first-time director Gela Babluani, a life is not worth much—it can be bought or sold on a whim. Sometimes that whim originates with the owner of said life, sometimes it arrives on the wings of market forces. Either way, when the bill comes due, it’s instant karma time.
Bringing up Baby BeelzebubBy Tessa DeCarlo
The original Omen, which debuted in 1976, is often discussed as one panel in a triptych of classic horror films about demonic youngsters, the other two being the 1968 Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, released in 1973.
The Death of the SubjectBy Nora Griffin
“The only language that can be called ‘language’ without qualification is the language of natural reality.” —Pasolini
July/August 2006By David Wilentz and David N. Meyer
Director Maurice Paliat, with his bear-like frame, passive-aggressive mumbly voice and glittery impassive eyes, makes for a convincing Bad Daddy. Few of those who work with him once come back for more.
Uncontrolled Cinema: Albert MayslesBy Williams Cole
Along with his late brother David, Albert Maysles is one of the most important figures in American documentary credited with being one of the founders of what is variously called Direct Cinema or Cinema Verite.
Docs In Sight
Summer 2006By Williams Cole
No one ever said that the New York Times was cutting edge regarding trends (in fact it’s practical wisdom that if a cultural trend is written about in the Times, it’s over).
Bruce McClure with Brian Frye
Bruce McClure doesnt make films, he performs them. Most movies are frozen on celluloid or written on videotape.
Magic & Images/ Images & MagicBy David Levi Strauss
This was an opening paper for a conference at Princeton University, “Magic and the American Avant-Garde Cinema.”