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The 20 Best Film Comment Covers

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As voted for by contributors and staff, the best-looking covers from our 50-year history

Film Comment Fall 1963

Highlights:

Le Joli Mai
Luchino Visconti
Michael Cacoyannis
Austin Lamont on the 9th Flaherty Seminar
Twice a Man

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1. Fall 1963

Film Comment January/February 1986

Highlights:

Rocky IV
Martin Ritt, Paul Mazursky, Krzysztof Zanussi & John Bright interviews
theater adaptations by Armond White
Terrence Rafferty on Another World
Orson Welles obit
Red Time

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2. January/February 1986

Film Comment May/June 1976

Highlights:

Face to Face
F.W. Murnau
Manny Farber & Patricia Patterson on Taxi Driver
Family Plot
Autobiographical sketch by Chuck Jones
James M. Cain interview

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3. May/June 1976

Film Comment November/December 1975

Highlights:

Ken Russell's Mahler
Rainer Werner Fassbinder by Manny Farber & Patricia Patterson
Fassbinder & Marguerite Duras interviews
Douglas Sirk

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4. November/December 1975

Film Comment January/February 1977

Highlights:

Carrie
Robert Altman, Robert Benton & Alan Rudolph
Dino De Laurentiis, Samuel Fuller & Elia Kazan interviews
Censorship & In the Realm of the Senses
Rocky
Shadow of a Doubt

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5. January/February 1977

Film Comment September/October 1973

Highlights:

The Mother and the Whore
King Vidor (Pt. II)
Leo McCarey
Advice to critics by Otis Ferguson
“Good Dumb Films & Bad Smart Films”

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6. September/October 1973

Film Comment January/February 1982

Highlights:

Reds
Reds and Ragtime
Jon Jost
Jean Eustache
Peter Greenaway
Special section on art directors including Alexandre Trauner, Ken Adam, Richard Sylbert & Jack Fisk interviews

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7. January/February 1982

Film Comment September/October 2001

Highlights:

Mulholland Drive
Waking Life
Béla Tarr
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Va Savoir
Donnie Darko
50 years of Cahiers du cinéma
The Lady and the Duke
Chris Norris on Rock Star
Michael Koresky reviews Cassavetes on Cassavetes
DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter's Lift

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8. September/October 2001

Film Comment November/December 1980

Highlights:

Raging Bull
“Why Sports Movies Don’t Work” by Andrew Sarris
Hollywood glamour portraits
3-D film
Akira Kurosawa and Richard Rush interviews
Making It — James Toback, Claudia Weill, & Michael Mann

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9. November/December 1980

Film Comment November/December 1974

Highlights:

Film noir family tree
Fritz Lang
Raymond Chandler
Alexander Kluge interview
Max Ophuls
John Calley

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10. November/December 1974

Film Comment Vol. 1 #3 1962

Highlights:

Anselm Duarte’s The Given Word
USIA Film Program Director George Stevens Jr. & Ron Rice interviews
L’Imitation du Cinéma by Gregory Markopoulos
Mr. Arkadin by Peter Bogdanovich

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11. 1962: Vol. 1, Number 3

Film Comment March/April 1976

Highlights:

Taxi Driver
First annual Grosses Gloss
Paul Schrader interview
Salò & Pier Paolo Pasolini’s final days
Barry Lyndon
Lina Wertmüller

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12. March/April 1976

Film Comment Summer 1972

Highlights:

Hollywood Cameramen issue
Elia Kazan interview
Jacques Tourneur
Penelope Gilliatt

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13. Summer 1972

Film Comment June 1984

Highlights:

Gremlins
Dante interview
Hitchcock
Stop Making Sense
Paris, Texas diary
Comers Midsection: The USC connection
Ron Howard interview
Eighties Comedy including John Hughes
Footloose

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14. May/June 1984

Film Comment July/August 1980

Highlights:

The Shining
Bad movies by J. Hoberman
New German Cinema
Ronald Reagan
Michael Caine interview
Adapting best-selling novels
Redneck movies including Ebert on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls & Russ Meyer interview

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15. July/August 1980

Film Comment July/August 1982

Highlights:

The Road Warrior
Blade Runner
Ridley Scott & George Miller interviews
Seventies comedy
Richard Pryor
Tron & The Secret of NIMH
Rocky III
Michael Sragow reviews On Movies by Dwight MacDonald
Producers Midsection

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16. July/August 1982

Film Comment January/February 1973

Highlights:

Russ Meyer by Roger Ebert
Meyer & Radley Metzger interviews
Raymond Durgnat on Vixen & Venus in Furs
Brendan Gill on porn
Noel Carroll on The World Viewed by Stanley Cavell
Paul Arthur reviews The Brakhage Lectures

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17. January/February 1973

Film Comment September October 1980

Highlights:

Heaven’s Gate
Isabelle Huppert, Jonathan Demme & Carlos Diegues interviews
Mon Oncle d’Amérique
Raymond Durgnat on The Western
The Zoom Lens by John Belton and “Lyle Tector” (nom de plume of Richard T. Jameson)
Pauline Kael
Peter Sellers
Krzysztof Zanussi

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18. September/October 1980

Film Comment March/April 2004

Highlights:

Michael Caine
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Joseph Losey
She’s One of Us
Marco Bellocchio
Café Lumière

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19. March/April 2004

Film Comment September/October 1976

Highlights:

François Truffaut & Jean Renoir
Truffaut interviewed by Todd McCarthy & Joseph McBride
Alan J. Pakula & Satyajit Ray interviews
Tony Rayns on In the Realm of the Senses
Patrick McGilligan interviews two film financiers
Duelle

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20. September/October 1976