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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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July-August 1984

Ghostbusters, Another Country, midsection on Los Angeles’ lost history, Sergio Leone interview, blockbuster roundup with Indiana Jones and Gremlins, John Huston interview

May-June 1984

Dave Kehr on Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Sragow on Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense, Joe Dante interviewed for Gremlins, midsection: up-and-coming directors from USC (George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis, Ron Howard interviewed, and the comedy of John Hughes, Dan Melnick’s Footloose, Brazilian cinema, Kit Carson on his work for Paris, Texas, William Powell remembered, Doctor Who

March-April 1984

Terms of Endearment and international mother-daughter films, James L. Brooks interview, Flashdance, The Right Stuff, midsection on cameramen and cinematography, Supreme Court videocassette ruling, John Sayles in Harlem, Sam Peckinpah’s The Osterman Weekend

January-February 1984

100th issue special! A look inside the history magazine with special interview with founding editor Gordon Hitchens, Barbra Streisand’s Yentl, Brian De Palma’s Scarface, Cary Grant profile, Michael Apted interview, Harlan Kennedy on zombie movies, 1983 in review, visit to the set of David Lynch’s Dune

November-December 1983

Chantal Akerman's The Golden Eighties, Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, John Lithgow diaries, Kodak's 5293 stock, Sam Shepard, Venice and New York Film Festivals, Michael Mann's The Keep, Cannon Films

September-October 1983

Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, Ann Hui's Boat People, Shohei Imamura, Filipino cinema, Asian-American cinema, Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish and Cotton Club, midnight movies, Luchino Visconti's Leopard, Samson Raphaelson, Luis Buñuel

July-August 1983

The Return of the Jedi, WarGames, Blue Thunder, David Thomson on slow cinema, special section on MTV and music videos, Iranian film, Cannes report, Jean-Jacques Beineix, the films of Edgar G. Ulmer, John Waters’s guilty pleasures

May-June 1983

A reappraisal of Ingmar Bergman’s career and Fanny and Alexander, Superman III, midsection on getting difficult movies made, Charlie Haas on Headsploitation movies, Wild Style, Joe Dante’s guilty pleasures, Israeli cinema, L.M. Kit Carson and Jim McBride’s Breathless, on the set of David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone

March-April 1983

Inside stories on Hollywood ghost-writing, Jeremy Irons interview, Harlan Jacobson on producer Sam Spiegel, midsection on the Italian Cinema Renaissance, David Thomson on Laurence Olivier, Nicolas Roeg’s controversial Eureka, George Cukor obituary

January-February 1983

John Kenneth Galbraith on David Attenborough’s Gandhi, special midsection on video games, Altman’s TV plays, W.R. Burnett interview, Wallace Shawn in Strange Invaders, 1982 movie revue and Oscar predictions

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

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

November-December 1980

Raging Bull and sports films, Hollywood glamour photographers, Jon Davison, Caleb Deschanel, Michael Mann, Cathy Moriarty, Richard Rush's The Stuntman, Akira Kurosawa interview, New York Film Festival, 3-D movies

September-October 1980

Alain Resnais's Mon oncle d'Amérique, Krzysztof Zanussi, Carlos Diegues interviewed, Isabelle Huppert interviewed, the Renata Adler-Pauline Kael battle, Raymond Durgnat and Scott Simmon on Westerns, Cannes 1980, Icelandic cinema, zoom lenses, Peter Sellers, Jonathan Demme