Monthly Archives: October 2017

“A Combination of Michael Haneke and Larry David”

Director and writer Ruben Östlund’s new satire, the unlikely 2017 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or winner, “The Square,” like his earlier films, closely observes human behavior for the gulf between what his characters believe and how they put it into practice. … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Photography, Photos | Tagged , | Leave a comment

If a Poplar Falls in the Forest (Stillwater Diary)

It had been a dark and stormy night (and a bunch of Labradors were sitting around the fire…oops, I digress)–dramatic wind, fiercer gusts. And the next morning, from all visual indications, the sounds the poplar made as it crashed through … Continue reading

Posted in Dogs, Film, Nature, Photography, Photos | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Unusual Appetites

Paul Bartel (1938-2000), best known as a character actor, was also a director with an incisive (and highly entertaining) take on violence as comedy, sexuality, perversity, race, greed and social-climbing. “The Films of Paul Bartel,” the first retrospective of his … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Photography, Photos, www.robinholland.com | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

NYFF55: Special Events (Tragedy and Triumph)

The great documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann (“Shoah”) returns to the New York Film Festival with a four-part film, made from interviews done in the 1970s that didn’t make it into his masterwork. “Four Sisters” recounts the harrowing stories of four … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Photography, Photos | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

NYFF55: Spotlight on Documentary (A Playwright and a Primatologist)

Filmmaker and writer Rebecca Miller’s portrait of her father, “Arthur Miller: Writer,” is concerned with the difference between the great playwright’s public persona and the man she knew and deeply  loved. Her film is warm and honest, dealing with Miller’s life, … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Photography, Photos, www.robinholland.com | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

NYFF55: Directors Dialogues

This year’s free series of festival directors sitting down for intimate Q&As about their work includes the singular Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, discussing her current feature, “Zama,” which was based on a classic novel, set in the late 18th century. … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Photography, Photos, www.robinholland.com | Tagged , , | Leave a comment