Monthly Archives: October 2016

Reading and Riding

We all feel happy. There are two dogs on the 1, a Yorkie squirming out of her stylish carrying bag, and the other, small and soft with a sweet face, sitting on the floor, semi-hidden between her mom’s knees. To my … Continue reading

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Ramen Quest

There are other food films, of course (I’m partial to “Babette’s Feast,” for the obvious reason), but Juzo Itami’s “Tampopo” (1985) is the perfect one, cleverly, raucously, reflecting everything we want/need from food, delivering everything we want/need from film. The central story features … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Interdisciplinary Work of Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge, filmmaker, is less well-known in the United States than his compatriots Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. His reputation here “is still narrowly associated with the 1962 Oberhausen Manifesto,” which declared the need for a new German film. But … Continue reading

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Pierre Étaix 1928-2016

Pierre Étaix, the incomparable French comedic actor, director and screenwriter died in Paris on Friday. During Film Forum’s 2012 festival celebrating Étaix, in a post titled “Where have You Been All My Life,” I wrote: Pierre Étaix, director and actor, is … Continue reading

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NYFF54: The Divine Miss H

The film critic J. Hoberman has said that Isabelle Huppert is “possibly the most essential actor in the world.” (Essential, indeed–try imagining another actor in any of her signature roles, from “The Piano Teacher,” to several collaborations with Chabrol, and going all … Continue reading

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Deconstructing the Sofa (Working Like a Dog)

I never liked Mark’s high-backed Vico Magistretti sofa. But all four of our Labs have considered its red wool the ultimate in comfiness for nap time. Before we realized how much we’d accommodate our dogs (happily, with love), and how much physical, … Continue reading

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NYFF54: Special Events (Lives of the Players, Life of the Play)

On November 16, 1981, after weeks of hectic previews, “Merrily We Roll Along,” Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s latest collaboration, opened at Broadway’s Alvin Theater. And shockingly, closed after just 16 performances, stunning the two “theater gods”–and the bulk of the theater … Continue reading

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