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A Taxonomy of the Goldfinch

Francis Levy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch has its admirers and detractors. But what can we say about the sensibility of an author who writes a novel based on a sui generis work by a l7th century painter, Carel Fabritius, at the same time naming its central character after the brother of a famous post-Impressionist painter?

Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy Premieres at MoMA, Again

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.09.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

MoMA's Titus I theater looked like a gathering for New York filmmakers and artists on Monday night: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Jim Jarmusch, Laurie Anderson, Hal Willner, Gay Talese, and others, many of whom had already seen the Apu Trilogy as Satyajit Ray's masterwork is called.

Things Come Apart So Easily: Asghar Farhadi's About Elly

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

One of the signs that our future may turn out to be OK after all for me is watching the upward trend on the types of films that secure distribution in the U.S.

Documentary Jodorowsky's Dune: A Rollicking Ride in Creativity

Karin Badt | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is a rollicking adventure story into how Jodorowsky conceived of his idea Dune, and the inspiring wild steps Jodo took to make it. Jodorowsky thought big.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Ballet Star Misty Copeland Filming New Doc, A Ballerina's Tale

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.12.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In 2007, Copeland made history by becoming the third black female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre and has maintained a high profile performing with recording artist, Prince and receiving praise from major magazines. Still she is focused on shattering even more barriers in her field.

The Audacity of Thought: Film Director Margarethe von Trotta Examines the Life of a Passionate Intellectual in Hannah Arendt

Penelope Andrew | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Thinking and smoking. Smoking and thinking. Thinking, smoking, and pacing the floor of her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is how we see the gifted academic and profound socio-political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, prepare to write.

The Eternal Student: Margarethe von Trotta on Hannah Arendt

Dan Lybarger | Posted 07.31.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

Von Trotta's film vividly captures the impact Arendt's work had in both the United States and Israel and how Arendt's stubborn beliefs could be both a weakness and a strength.

Augustine vs. Charcot: Transference and Countertransference in the Struggle for a Voice and a Cure

Penelope Andrew | Posted 07.22.2013 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Charcot's interventions with Augustine run the gamut -- from gentle, sensuous spoon-feedings to physical torture using a device of his own invention, known as the ovary compressor.

Movie Review: Philip Roth: Unmasked

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Philip Roth may be our greatest living writer. So why would he give himself over to filmmakers who would make a movie as dull, superficial and pedantic as Philip Roth: Unmasked?

Planet of Snail: All Hail the Power of Positive Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

What is it about Planet of Snail that makes it so watchable, so undeniably unforgettable? It's the idea that for the wonders of this world to exist we don't have to hear them or see them, but just imagine them there.

Sitting With Marina Abramović: 'The Artist Is Present Premieres' at MoMA

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.13.2012 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

Abramović can be viewed as a study in neediness, only partially assuaged by a designer-clothes-buying binge. But her brave attention-getting strategies defy pathography.

2012 TCM Fest: Cabaret's Liza Minnelli, Vertigo's Kim Novak, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds Walk Red Carpet & Thelma Schoonmaker Introduces Black Narcissus

Penelope Andrew | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Liza Minnelli, Kim Novak, Robert Wagner, Tippi Hedren and Debbie Reynolds in person. Black Narcissus, Vertigo, Cabaret, and The Fountainhead projected on gigantic screens at Grauman's Chinese and Egyptian Theatres. Could any classic film fan wish for more? You could.

'Beggars of Life' With Louise Brooks Screens in New York

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 04.18.2012 | New York
Thomas Gladysz

Beggars of Life is a film whose reputation is picking up steam. Beggars of Life (1928) is a gripping drama about a girl (Louise Brooks) dressed as a boy who flees the law after killing her abusive stepfather.

Powell/Pressburger 1943 Classic Conjures Deborah Kerr's Early Artistry And Winston Churchill's Wrath

Penelope Andrew | Posted 01.16.2012 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Among its many virtues, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) is a rare, dreamy, Technicolor depiction of London during the blitz.

Movies: "Blimp" Is Back! British Gem Is Beautifully Restored

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.15.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP *** 1/2 FILM FORUM MOMA: TO SAVE AND PROJECT 9TH MOMA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM PRESERVATION I suppose every...

Studying the Economics of Independent Film: A Proposal

Josh Welsh | Posted 12.22.2011 | Los Angeles
Josh Welsh

While it's obviously true that it's hard for many independent filmmakers to sustain a career doing what they love, it is simply false that there's no money in independent film.

Seeking Cinematic Sustenance in a Saturated World

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

There certainly are more movies than ever to choose from nowadays. But the ability to produce a higher quantity doesn't always yield a higher quality.

In Life, Above All, Chanda & Esther Are 'Little Women' for the 21st Century -- No Special Effects Required

Penelope Andrew | Posted 09.13.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Life, Above All introduces us to a brave, young classical heroine, who moves heaven and earth to keep her family together and remains a steadfast friend to another girl, who has been scapegoated by their community.

PHOTOS: David Bowie, Artist

ARTINFO | Posted 08.31.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

Lady Gaga is certainly not the first spandex wearing pop star to fancy herself a performance-artist-cum-musician. Long before Mother Monster came Zigg...

Even When a Great Film Comes Out, You Can't See It (Except Maybe in New York)

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Mindless kiddie fare opens at around four thousand screens across the country. When at last a brilliant, provocative film for grown-ups gets produced, it merited four screens. Doesn't this strike you as just a trifle lopsided?

Get Me Out of the '80s Blondies

Miranda Levenstein | Posted 06.07.2011 | Home
Miranda Levenstein

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Awards Season & Second Looks: What Ever Happened to Mother & Child? Winter's Bone Miracles & The African Queen Restored

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

While there were no surprises regarding SAG wins for best male lead actor, Colin Firth, and supporting actor, Christian Bale, it was refreshing to see Melissa Leo snag the best supporting actress award.

Cinematic Enchantment via Lubitsch & Chomet: Cluny Brown Revived at Film Forum, The Illusionist Debuts in NY/LA

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

It's natural to conflate Cluny Brown and The Illusionist : Both arrive just in time to transport us -- during a holiday season fraught with troubling domestic and international affairs -- to days gone by.

Through Hildegard's Eyes: Margarethe von Trotta on Vision

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

German writer-director Margarethe von Trotta started directing movies in the 1970s, at a time when few women were behind the cameras. This week, von Trotta explained how much we still have to learn from a woman who lived centuries ago.

Artlog's Top Art & Culture Picks

Artlog | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Artlog

Artlog is bringing back our famous art crawls with the third ever Collect LES Art Crawl!