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Gillo Pontecorvo’s Burn!

Gillo Pontecorvo’s best known film, Battle of Algiers, may be set in French-occupied Algeria, and the characters sure enough speak French (and Arabic), but the film remains the absolute apotheosis of Italian Neo-Realism.

Telling Time: Essays of a Visionary Filmmaker

Review of Telling Time: Essays of a Visionary Filmmaker by Stan Brakhage (Kingston, NY: McPherson & Company, 2003)

Docs in Sight

While there has been much hullabaloo about the current political influence of documentaries that criticize the Bushies and their foibles and supporters, we shouldn’t forget the critical documentaries made during the last Republican-dominated decade.

Two Memories of Alexander-Sasha Hammid

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1908, he gained fame with two films he made together with Herbert Kline, Crisis (1939) and Lights Out in Europe (1940)—the two films in which he warned the West about the rise of Nazi Germany.

Notes from the Fun Factory

I got a gig as a writer on a kids’ TV show. A playwright friend of mine hooked me up. I had never done much of that kind of work, but I figured it would be a good way to make some quick money, without taking too much time away from my novel.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2004

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