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Julia Sirmons

JULIA SIRMONS has purchased an umbrella.

Heavy on Politics, Light on Fun

The term “consciousness raising” may rankle or alienate a contemporary audience. Perhaps it seems like a relic of a bygone age or, worse, calls to mind the worst excesses of politically correct activism.

WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE

“Concerning ourselves,” Nietzsche wrote, speaking of those who engage in intellectual pursuits, “we are not seekers of knowledge.” But this statement has ramifications far beyond the blazer-with-elbow-patches-wearing crowd.

NOT OF OUR TIME

One simply cannot deny that Metropolis–Lang’s 1927 tale of insurrection and a maniacally sexy robot in a mechanized futuristic city–is not of our own time, and it took a helluva trip getting here.

Without Men, Without Women, Without Roots

As someone who devotes a significant chunk of her mental life to the question of women in film, the title Women Without Men intrigues, but ultimately stirs up a distinct sense of dread.

TOTALLY, TENDERLY, TRAGICALLY

The arrival of the 50th anniversary restoration of Breathless at Film Forum left me with a distinct feeling of trepidation.

DVD Culture

RED DESERT

Today one cannot watch Antonioni’s Red Desert, with its ever-present smokestacks and overwhelming industrial milieu, without thinking of that underwater camera, constantly bringing us seemingly ceaseless images of oil billowing into the sea.

Never Insignificant

Junior year of college, I was quite unexpectedly decided upon as a person of interest by the film department and invited to a reception and dinner at the president’s house, preceding an Antonioni film screening.

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