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My Brain Can’t Find the Way to My Mouth

My Brain Can’t Find the Way to My Mouth

THERE ARE LAWS against addictive substances, and pushing them: and so there should be. Since I have no wish to get on the wrong side of the law, the first thing I must tell you is that you don’t wan...

Silent Magic

Silent Magic

AT THE BEGINNING of All Movies Love the Moon, Gregory Robinson’s spirited collection of prose poems about silent film, we meet Ralph Spence, one of the best-known and highest-paid title card writers...

A Purer Cinematic Experience: TCM Festival 2014

A Purer Cinematic Experience: TCM Festival 2014

CALLED “the best friend the big screen ever had on the little screen” by film professor Eddy Von Mueller, Turner Classic Movies has hosted its Classic Film Festival in Hollywood for half a decade...

Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills”

Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills”

The following essay is an excerpt from Dahlia Schweitzer’s book Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer: Another Kind of Monster (Intellect Ltd), which will be published on May 15, 2014.  ¤ BORN IN NEW ...

Site of Memory: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah Project

Site of Memory: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah Project

Thanks to Jonathan Rosenbaum for research help with this article. I’m sorry, you accuse me of sidetracking all the time but one cannot understand things without their context. — Benjamin Murmels...

Agnès Varda's California

Agnès Varda's California

Agnès Varda in CalifornialandLACMA / BCAM, Level 3November 3, 2013–June 22, 2014  A PICTURE TAKEN on the set of Agnès Varda’s mostly unscripted film LIONS LOVE (…AND LIES) (1969), a collage-...

A Lone Penguin: The Story Behind "NK"

A Lone Penguin: The Story Behind "NK"

WHEN FILMMAKER Israel Adrián Caetano was chosen by the Argentine government in 2011 to make a documentary about Néstor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina, he was enthusiastic at first. Nés...

A Box of Her Own: On "Finding Vivian Maier"

A Box of Her Own: On "Finding Vivian Maier"

VIVIAN MAIER was a nanny who lived and worked in Chicago beginning in 1956. She had few friends, never married, and had no children except the ones she was paid to care for. She died recently — in 2...

"Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1": Fishers of Men, Meaning

"Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1": Fishers of Men, Meaning

NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. 1, the first installment of Lars von Trier’s latest feature film, opens with one of the director’s characteristic overtures. The screen stays dark for what feels like a long tim...

Camp Von Trier: On "Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1"

Camp Von Trier: On "Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1"

THERE'S A FUNNY ONION video from a few years back called “Denmark Introduces Harrowing New Tourism Ads Directed by Lars von Trier.” Highlights include such putatively Trierian scenarios as an old...

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

I like reflections — as long as they aren’t mine.— Orson Welles The Lady from Shanghai is far from a good film.— David Thomson Welles made The Lady from Shanghai to show Hollywood that he wa...

Wes Anderson’s Elegy to Stefan Zweig

Wes Anderson’s Elegy to Stefan Zweig

IN 2006, WES ANDERSON shot a two-minute TV spot for American Express. In the commercial, which takes place on a film set, Anderson plays a coy variation on his boyish, control-freaky public persona. H...