Category Archives: Directors

R.I.P. Alain Resnais

There was a strange comfort not only knowing that Alain Resnais was “out there”, but that he was still making films, after eight decades of extraordinary work – EIGHT DECADES, and that those new films coming to us felt fresh, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Harold Ramis

Very sad news: Director/writer/producer/actor Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69. Of all of the films that have come out during my lifetime, all the huge important Oscar-winning serious films, all the weighty masterpieces, all the films … Continue reading

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On Charlie Chaplin and his Influence on Other Comedians

The Gold Rush has ben playing at The Film Forum for the past week, and here’s a 2011 essay I wrote for Capital New York about Charlie Chaplin.

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Woody Allen: “Make Love”

This is hilarious. And gross. Maybe it’s a generational thing, calling it “making love”? It seems habitual here in a way that goes beyond comedic requirements. Maybe I’m wrong. But then again, I’ve never referred to the sex act as … 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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R.I.P. William Graham

“Of all the people I’ve ever worked with in my entire life, and I’ve been a director for 47 years, Elvis was the nicest man I’ve ever worked with.” – William Graham. William Graham, film and television director, recently passed … Continue reading

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“He Did a Fabulous Job with Presley, You Know.” – Howard Hawks on Colonel Tom Parker

In 1976, 80-year-old American director Howard Hawks was interviewed by the staff of Wide Angle I:2, including Peter Lehman, Marilyn Campbell, and Lynne Goddard. In his introduction, Peter Lehman writes: At age eighty, Mr. Hawks is an extremely alert, lively … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Defies Ban

Jafar Panahi defies the ban and appears at a film festival, via Skype. And this is not even mentioning the fact that he has another film out, Closed Curtain, also defying the ban. I haven’t seen it yet. I cannot. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Billy Wilder

Billy and Audrey Wilder One of my favorite directors. #6 on his “Tips for Writers” helped me out enormously when I was working on my own script.

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘Filmmaker’, by Veronica Geng

Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross The Fun of It is a collection of “The Talk of the Town” pieces in The New Yorker, grouped … Continue reading

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