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The Pianist

Week in Film: Third Person, Jersey Boys and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having never seen the stage version of the jukebox musical on which it was based (in its 10th year on Broadway), I still felt that I was getting a representative feel for that show, as filtered through Eastwood's flinty consciousness. But that doesn't make it a good movie.

Actor Ed Stoppard On Codebreaker -- A Film Bio of Alan Turing

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.16.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Codebreaker, a 2011 docudrama originally broadcast in the UK as Britain's Greatest Codebreaker, was a mind-bending entry in the recent Frameline37 film festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Understanding Unintentional Comedy

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 11.17.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

While watching Roman Polanski's The Pianist, chances are we aren't expecting to find humor, much less to laugh. Take, for instance, the scene in which the German SS throw a disabled man out a window to his death.

Never Again: Ten Great Holocaust Films You May Have Missed

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We should all periodically revisit the best books and films on the Holocaust, however unpleasant, to keep our own awareness, watchfulness, and revulsion very much alive. There is no shortage of worthy choices.

Ten of Polanski's Best...Kitty Cat

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

Roman Polanski emerged from the womb knowing cinema. Proof lies in his glorious first feature, Knife in the Water, a tense, complex, three-character study.

Knife in the Auteur

Sam Wasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sam Wasson

Roman Polanski is arguably the world's greatest living filmmaker. Who else, since Hitchcock, has managed to mine terror from the most seemingly innocuous sources?

Roman Polanski's Films: Which Is Your Favorite? (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

It's hard to bring up Roman Polanski without acknowledging his recently aggravated legal problems, but he remains one of the world's best known direct...