Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mystery, Beauty and Cartoons

I’ve photographed many artists and innumerable exhibitions but having worked with masters at The Village Voice (Peter Schjeldahl, Jerry Saltz and art editor–and food/culture critic extraordinaire–Jeff Weinstein), I know I’m not an art critic.  (I’m not really a film critic … Continue reading

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Jackie and Jackie

In former film critic Dan Sallitt’s fourth feature, “The Unspeakable Act,” close teenage siblings Jackie (Tallie Medel) and Matthew (Sky Hirschkron) live with their supportive but subdued mother and older sister–an older brother is studying in Paris–in a large, remarkably tchotchke-free house on … Continue reading

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Peril and Indifference

No filmmaker carefully watches young women in crisis like the the great Romanian director Cristian Mungiu–paying profound attention to crisis of the body, in his masterpiece “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days,” and of the spirit, in “Beyond the … Continue reading

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Rendez-Vous in Brooklyn

Smaller perhaps than his other films, but no less intense, Patrice Chéreau’s 2009 character study, “Persecution,” (included in the current edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema)  is anchored by Romain Duris’ riveting performance as Daniel, who renovates residential real estate … Continue reading

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