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Founded in 1962 and originally released as a quarterly, Film Comment features reviews and analysis of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world.

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November-December 1981

How to finance and distribute independent films, Raymond Durgnat on sexuality in European films of the 1960s, Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits, French films from 1930 to 1960, Michael Weller, David Mamet, Wallace Shawn, New York Film Festival, response to Richard Schickel's Hollywood Ten article

September-October 1981

Midsection on MGM, George Cukor, Jacqueline Bisset, Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat, Cannes 1981, film scores, Scott Spencer's guilty pleasures, Fassbinder's Jail Bait, Martha, I Only Want You to Love Me, Satan’s Brew, and Women in New York, Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet

July-August 1981

Antiheroes in Michael Mann's Thief and Peter Hyams's Outland, Ivan Passer's Cutter and Bone, George Lucas interview, Steven Spielberg, Tom Savini, midsection on Yiddish cinema, Michael Powell's guilty pleasures, Ed Pincus's Diaries

May-June 1981

David Thomson on character actors, John Waters's Polyester, avant-garde film in the 1980s, Michael Snow interview, John Boorman, Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart, Berlin Film Festival, John Sayles interview, Manoel de Oliveira's Doomed Love, Bosley Crowther obituary, Stephen King's guilty pleasures

March-April 1981

Bob Rafelson's The Postman Always Rings Twice, David Mamet interview, Jessica Lange interview, Barbara Stanwyck interview and tributes, Hollywood Ten, Peter O'Toole, Oscar predictions, James Woods's guilty pleasures, Grosses Gloss

January-February 1981

Francis Coppola, Brian DePalma, and Martin Scorsese's depictions of women, midsection of Sam Peckinpah, 1980 in review, Michael Powell, Mae West remembered, Ralph Bakshi, Abel Gance's Napoleon, Ken Russell's Altered States