Category Archives: Directors

On This Day: October 30, 1938 – “Radio Play Terrifies Nation”

Conversation between Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles in This Is 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 … Continue reading

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Andrzej Wajda (1920-2016): His 10 Best Films

My pal Michał Oleszczyk, a Polish film critic and correspondent for Rogerebert.com, has written an essay for Ebert discussing Michał’s 10 favorite films of the great Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda, who has just died at the age of 90. For … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda, the giant of post-war Polish cinema, who worked up until the very end, has just died at the age of 90. Working under the most constricting set of circumstances, Wajda managed to keep making films, films about life … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton!

Coming out of the family tradition of vaudeville, Keaton performed with his parents as a small boy (already showing a great gift for acrobatics and pratfalls) before launching off on his own. Getting into movies was not a natural leap … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

8 Mile took over my life for a time. I saw it on its opening day. I returned 3 or maybe 4 more times. I was a Slim Shady fan from the beginning and had felt apprehensive about the film, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock

PETER BOGDANOVICH: But you never watch your films with an audience – don’t you miss hearing them scream? ALFRED HITCHCOCK: No. I can hear them when I’m making the picture. Hitchcock and Cary Grant

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— Wonderful article by my friend Farran for Film Comment on Tim Holt, who has appeared in a couple of masterpieces, as well as a steady career in B-Westerns (one of my favorite kinds of careers). I love him in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater, at Ebertfest 2013, presenting “Bernie.” Photo by yours truly. Here’s my essay on Movie Mezzanine: Time After Time: Looking Back at “Before Sunrise”. Here’s my review of Everybody Wants Some on Rogerebert.com. Here’s my review of Boyhood. Here’s … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Remembers Abbas Kiarostami

Jafar Panahi, the talented and persecuted Iranian filmmaker, is – as everyone knows – banned from making films (he’s made 3 since the sentence came down), banned from traveling, and forbidden from speaking to foreigners or giving interviews (he continues … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Abbas Kiarostami

Iconic Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76, causing shock waves to erupt through the film world, his fans, and the critics who loved him. If you’ve seen just one of his films, you will know … Continue reading

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