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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 1982

Special midsection on adapting novels and film, Casablanca in 1982, profile and interview with Goldie Hawn, Matty Simmons’ Class Reunion, Jerzy Skolimowski, Bill Richert, Louise Brooks’ autobiography, Canadian film festivals, Grace Kelly obituary, television movies

September-October 1982

Special midsection on celebrity culture, from Marilyn Monroe to Jodie Foster, comic book influences on popular movies, a tribute to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Howard Hawks’ lost films, David Begelman, auteur theory, Cannes roundup, Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo

July-August 1982

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Dave Kehr on the coarsening of movie comedy, midsection on Hollywood producers, interview with executives of Disney pictures, Rocky III, New Directors/New Films festival, Calcutta’s Way, George Miller’s Mad Max: Road Warrior

May-June 1982

Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria, John Milius and Conan the Barbarian, Ernie Kovacs, Jean-Luc Godard and Francis Ford Coppola's television work, Saul Bass, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, Billy Wilder, Steven Spielberg interviewed, aspect ratios, Amos Vogel on sex in avant-garde films

March-April 1982

Comedies of remarriage from Adam’s Rib to The Lady Eve, Shoot the Moon, who picks the Oscars section, profile on Roger Corman, midsection on genres and their mutability, Paul Schrader’s Cat People remake with Nastassia Kinski, box office postmortem

January-February 1982

Special midsection on art direction, Stephen Schiff on modern women in film, 1981 film in review, book reviews, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, Hollywood’s epic histories of American radicals in Ragtime and Reds, Peter Greenaway, Jean Eustache, Jon Jost