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But For What You Are Not

It’s impossible to watch Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests without comment.

Synchronicity, Dysfunction, Spectacle

A hodgepodge of themes coalesce in the third Japan Cuts, Japan Society’s pioneering festival of the latest in Japanese cinema: corruption, dysfunction, alienation, synchronicity, fatalism, artistic expression, honesty, and perversion.

Elegy and Its Resonance in a Vanishing World

Sergei Eisenstein once tried to stage a theatrical production in an actual factory, only to find the play overwhelmed by the factory present in full force before the spectators.

New Films from Kenneth Anger

American avant-garde underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger has been at it for 60 years, and though his new films may be lacking somewhat in iconic, jaw-dropping imagery, and the dark, aesthetic superiority his earlier works possess, they are unmistakably his.

Fortune and Gory, Kid. Fortune and Gory

Dead Snow is neither as groundbreaking or as heady you’ve been led to believe. But it’s big, and it’s bloody, and all in all, pretty awesome.

Attack of the Girlymen

Back when women’s liberation was really starting to flex its muscles in the early 1970s, anxious conservatives warned that letting women into men’s-only bars and high-paying jobs could only result in the feminization of America.

Meta-Documentary of a Meta-Documentary

Director Alexander Olch chose an unlikely subject for his first feature film: another documentary filmmaker, one with two hundred plus hours of footage about himself. Actually, Olch kind of fell into the job.

Film Going On Steroids

A film festival is a bizarre place to watch films. Credits come down on one and you race out to another theater to check out the next.

On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters: The Writings of Hollis Frampton

During the mid-1970s, Hollis Frampton gave a course on “The New American Cinema.” The requirement was that students keep a journal responding to the films seen in the class.

A Tribute to Hollis Frampton

We buried Hollis. A small crowd of about 30 or so, family circle, realitves, cousins, mothers.

Lashings of the Old Ultra-Violence

The Baader Meinhof gang—as the press called them - did not play around. In the early 1970s, the Red Army Faction—the name they preferred—set off bombs in US Army barracks, German newspaper offices and various police headquarters.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2009

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