Category Archives: Directors

R.I.P. Albert Maysles

The death of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles comes at a coincidental moment almost too good to be believed: The famous 1975 documentary he co-directed with his brother David, Grey Gardens, is – at least in New York – starting a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Luis Buñuel

Today is Luis Buñuel’s birthday! Exchange from Whit Stillman’s great film Metropolitan: CHARLIE: Do you know the French film, “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”? When I first heard the title, I thought, “Finally, someone’s going to tell the truth … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Issues Statement

Jafar Panahi should need no introduction, but just in case… Jafar Panahi is a director from Iran, with an international reputation, and an incredible list of films, The White Balloon, The Mirror, The Circle, Offside, Crimson Gold. (He’s one of … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Will Not Be Silenced

Jafar Panahi was arrested in 2009 on the suspicion of making a film critical of the regime in Iran. He was not allowed to travel, to give interviews, to make films. He was in prison. He went on hunger strike. … Continue reading

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Marc Maron Interviews Paul Thomas Anderson

Just in case you have a free hour… Marc Maron’s interview of Paul Thomas Anderson for his podcast is FANTASTIC. Right now my favorite part is Paul Thomas Anderson saying that watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies help him … Continue reading

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My Interview with Oscar-Winning Director Shawn Christensen

I’ve written a couple of times about my love of the 2013 Oscar-winning short film Curfew, written/directed by Shawn Christensen (he also starred in it). I saw Curfew when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and thought … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Too many good movies to count. Some of my all-time favorites. What a storyteller. I’ve seen his stage productions, too. (In August, 2001, I slept outside – in Central Park, no less – to get free tickets to Mike Nichols’ … Continue reading

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On This Day: October 30, 1938

Conversation between Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles: PB: I’ve often wondered if you had any idea, before you did it, that War of the Worlds was going to get that kind of response. OW. The kind of response, yes – … Continue reading

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Closed Curtain (2014); directed by Jafar Panahi

A man enters a seaside villa and before doing anything else goes through every room, closing all the curtains. There are huge windows on every floor, looking out on the vast expanse of sea. There are a lot of curtains … Continue reading

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“The New Yorker” on the Criterion release of Love Streams

“The movie is a mighty, intimate, kaleidoscopically subjective, bravely self-searching summation of a career, an era, and a life. For decades, it was a rare VHS tape, a treasured occasional revival screening, and, more recently, a covert YouTube treasure. Its … Continue reading

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