Monthly Archives: September 2014

NYFF52: Retrospective, Revivals (and Backstage Back Then)

I’m sure it was obvious to Joseph L. Mankiewicz that the pipsqueak with a Hasselblad around her neck was having an out-of-body experience “directing” him and another of cinema’s giants, Jeanne Moreau, “Please stand closer and angle toward each other, and please look directly … Continue reading

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NYFF52: “The Sheer Breadth of Cinema”

The 52nd New York Film Festival, opening tomorrow and running thorough October 12, has a glorious main slate of 30 features.  Kent Jones, the Festival’s Director and Selection Committee Chair expressed his amazement at the vast range of cinematic achievement represented by the films, … Continue reading

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The New York Art World at Its Funniest

Opening with the opening of a pig-tailed artist (male) of questionable talent but lots of attitude, “Hellaware,” director Michael Bilandic’s new film, is an often laugh-out-loud sendup of the New York art world, its strivers, wannabes, money and pretensions. Nate (Keith Paulson), … Continue reading

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It’s Not 10:29 PM, Monday, 9/22/14, Until It Is

I love summer (“Ma saison préférée,” borrowing from the title of one of my favorite André Téchiné films)–heat, even humidity and long days of light.   I’m told this summer was beautiful.  I thought it was unnaturally cool. We had wild discovery … Continue reading

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Passion for Action

Fearless dancer/choreographer Elizabeth Streb loves extreme motion and her troupe of strong dancers who offer up their bodies for the realization of shockingly difficult (often dangerous), beautiful feats. Catherine Gund’s fascinating new documentary, “Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity,” explores the … Continue reading

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Vote Teachout In

Constitutional law professor Zephyr Teachout, running against Andrew Cuomo in the New York gubernatorial primary (Tuesday, September 9), like Elizabeth Warren, is a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.  Cuomo, although he championed marriage equality, has abandoned … Continue reading

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