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Current Issue - July/August 2015

FEATURES

NOAH BAUMBACH
By Alex Ross Perry
The director of Mistress America discusses his fascination with self-mythologizers and how he stays in the game. Also, cats

CHRISTIAN PETZOLD
By Jonathan Romney
The Berlin School’s prime exponent of spectral modernity raises the dead once again with Phoenix

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
By Amy Taubin
Marielle Heller gives American cinema the fearless feminist take on adolescent lust it’s been craving

HORSE MONEY
By Kent Jones
Conjuring a dreamlike limbo between life and death, Pedro Costa keeps solidarity with the dispossessed

RICHARD LESTER
By Richard Combs
Behind his freewheeling style and offbeat comic energy, the director of A Hard Day’s Night deflated story, myth, and romantic possibility alike

THE LATE FILMS OF RENÉ CLAIR
By Philip Kemp
Out of fashion in the postwar era, this elder statesman of French cinema pressed on undaunted to do some of his greatest work, now ripe for consideration

GAME CHANGERS
By Paul Schrader
Slow, fast, and reverse motion: part five of a technological history of cinema

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s letter

Opening Shots

News, Hot Property: Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea by Nicolas Rapold, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Abner Benaim’s Invasion, Site Specifics: elumiere.net by Violet Lucca, Trivial Top 20: Best Performances by Former Pro Athletes, Matías Piñeiro’s In the Moment: Marie Rivière in The Aviator’s Wife, Restoration Row: Fernando Solanas’s Sur by Max Nelson

FADE OUT
Richard Corliss by David Thomson

SOUND & VISION
The Decline of Western Civilization by Chuck Stephens and “China Through the Looking Glass” by Aliza Ma

A FACE IN THE CROWD
Charles Napier by Chuck Stephens

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

FESTIVALS
Cannes by Amy Taubin, Kent Jones, Dennis Lim, Gavin Smith, and Laura Kern, Tribeca by Amy Taubin

SCREENINGS
Inside Out by Michael Sragow, Irrational Man by Jonathan Romney, Court by Adam Kuruvilla Lelyveld, The End of the Tour by Steven Mears

SHORT TAKES
Amy by Nicolas Rapold, The Kindergarten Teacher by Nicolas Rapold, Southpaw by Laura Kern, The Stanford Prison Experiment by Max Nelson, Tangerine by Violet Lucca, What Happened, Miss Simone? by Andrew Chan

HOME MOVIES
Agnès Varda in California by Emma Myers, Kung Fu Killer by Grady Hendrix, The Young Lions by Michael Sragow, Angst by Marc Walkow, Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection by David Filipi, Truck Turner by Rufus de Rham, Stay as You Are by Steven Mears, The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase by Nicolas Rapold, Lost River by Nathan Lee, Killer Cop by Nick Pinkerton

READINGS
Wild Bill Wellman by William Wellman Jr., reviewed by Farran Smith Nehme; Life of Action: Interviews with the Men and Women of Martial Arts and Action Cinema by Mike Fury, reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney; The Lives of Robert Ryan by J.R. Jones, reviewed by Justin Stewart; Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema by Ruth Ben-Ghiat, reviewed by Stanislao Pugliese

GRAPHIC DETAIL
Bob Peak by Adrian Curry

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