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The 20 Worst Film Comment Covers

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Film Comment July/August 1979

Highlights:

Television issue
Golden Age of Live Dramas
TV movies by Tom Allen
Norman Lear
Johnny Carson
Lou Grant
Dallas
Commercials

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1. July/August 1979

Film Comment January/February 1996

Highlights:

Sense and Sensibility
Kent Jones on Olivier Assayas
Wong Kar Wai
Casino
Jean Renoir
IMAX

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2. January/February 1996

Film Comment November/December 1989

Highlights:

Roger & Me Michael Moore interview
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Speaking Parts
Greil Marcus on Eighties highlights
Character Actors including Jeff Corey interview

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3. November/December 1989

Film Comment July/August 1992

Highlights:

Alien3 & His Kind of Woman
Christopher Walken, Phillip Noyce, Robert Mitchum & Jane Russell interviews
Godfrey Cheshire on Chen Kaige
Thomas Beller on The Hours and Times
Spielberg Pt. II
Aviation films
Swoon

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4. July/August 1992

Film Comment May/June 1981

Highlights:

Polyester
Anne Thompson becomes associate editor
John Waters
Character actors
John Boorman & Manoel de Oliveira interviews
John Sayles
The Avant-Garde Now including Michael Snow interview

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5. May/June 1981

Film Comment May/June 1975

Highlights:

The Day of the Locust
John Schlesinger interview
Erich von Stroheim’s Walking Down Broadway
Dušan Makavejev interviewed by Carlos Clarens & Edgardo Cozarinsky
Elliott Stein on Art Direction
Silk Stockings

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6. May/June 1975

Film Comment March/April 1978

Highlights:

Jane Fonda
Avant-garde film
An Unmarried Woman
Gérard Depardieu interview
Charlie Chaplin, Howard Hawks, George Cukor & Bette Davis
Seventies sci-fi

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7. March/April 1978

Film Comment November/December 1986

Highlights:

The Mosquito Coast
Peter Weir, Dennis Hopper & Sigourney Weaver interviews
Small-town America in Blue Velvet, Peggy Sue Got Married & True Stories
Nazi Cinema revisited

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8. November/December 1986

Film Comment November/December 1978

Highlights:

The Wiz
Sidney Lumet interview
Italian cinema in the Mussolini era
Makeup artists Midsection

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9. November/December 1978

Film Comment May/June 2003

Highlights:

Down with Love
Friday Night
The Pianist
Central Asian Cinema
Commandante
Chris Marker Midsection Pt. I including Michael Almereyda on Remembrance of Things to Come

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10. May/June 2003

Film Comment September/October 1997

Highlights:

The Edge
Boogie Night
Contempt
Lee Tamahori
Frank Borzage
Fred Zinnemann
Emir Kusturica
Gummo
Gloria Grahame
Errol Morris
David Ansen on The Delta

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11. September/October 1997

Film Comment May/June 1985

Highlights:

Prizzi’s HonorJack Nicholson, Federico Fellini & Susan Seidelman interviews
42nd Street cinemas
Hungarian film
Rethinking film and feminism
Latin America Midsection: Mexico, Cuba, Central America

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12. May/June 1985

Film Comment Fall/Winter 1967

Highlights:

Rush to Judgment
Emile de Antonio, Ingmar Bergman, Jan Kadar & Jean Rouch interviews
U. S. Information Agency Film on JFK, Years of Lightning, Days of Drums
Japanese underground film
D.W. Griffith

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13. Fall/Winter 1967

Film Comment September/October 1978

Highlights:

A Wedding
Robert Altman & Eric Rohmer interviews
Days of Heaven
Larry Cohen
Martin Scorsese’s Guilty Pleasures
Sound Midsection

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14. September/October 1978

Film Comment July/August 1999

Highlights:

The Muse
Albert Brooks interview
Oliver Reed
Act of Violence
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Robert Bresson symposium Pt. II including Olaf Möller on Les Anges du péché, Manohla Dargis on Une femme douce, Olivier Assayas on The Devil, Probably & Adrian Martin on L’Argent

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15. July/August 1999

Film Comment May/June 1979

Highlights:

Bob Hope interview
Bob Hope by Dick Cavett
Manhattan
The Warriors
Harlan Kennedy on Michael Powell
George Romero
The Jerry Lewis Telethon by Harry Shearer

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16. May/June 1979

Film Comment March/April 1984

Highlights:

Terms of Endearment
James L. Brooks interview
The Osterman Weekend
Unfaithfully Yours
Pat Aufderheide on the set of Brother from Another Planet
Claudette Colbert
Behind the Camera Midsection: American Cinematographers

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17. March/April 1984

Film Comment July/August 1974

Highlights:

Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini, Luis Buñuel & Alfred Hitchcock
Ingrid Bergman & Francis Ford Coppola interviews
John Hughes on Roberto Rossellini’s history films
The Great Gatsby

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18. July/August 1974

Film Comment May/June 1996

Highlights:

Clint Eastwood
John Sayles interview
Dead Man
Sam Fuller
Stanley Kwan
Douglas Fairbanks
MTV plagiarism
Mamoru Oshii
American Job

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19. May/June 1996

Film CommentMay/June 1974

Highlights:

The Three Musketeers
Richard Lester
Howard Hawks interview
Tout va bien
The Exorcist
Erich von Stroheim

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20. May/June 1974