Archive

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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January/February 1988

Families on film, Daniel Day Lewis interviewed, special midsection on Robert Redford and Cher, the 1987 Movie Revue, Ed Pressman interviewed, Film Comment at 25, Elie Wiesel on The Wannsee Conference, Walter Bernstein interviewed

November/December 1987

Armond White on Cry Freedom, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, notes on The Blacklist, Jean-Luc Godard's jeans commercials, the Directors Guild royalties strike, the New York Film Festival at 25, Mary Lambert's Siesta

September/October 1987

Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, New York Film Festival at 25, John Huston, Anjelica Huston interviewed, Rob Reiner interviewed, The Princess Bride, Yves Montand, television censorship, Fred Astaire obituary

July/August 1987

Interviews with Norman Mailer, Joe Strummer, Charles Bukowski, Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer, and Nestor Almendros

May/June 1987

Special midsection on Glasnost, Indian film, working girls on film, Brian De Palma's guilty pleasures, Rabbi Menahem M. Schneerson's cablecasts, Berlin and New Directors/New Films festival coverage

March/April 1987

The Coens’ Raising Arizona,  Woody Allen’s Radio Days, Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle, David Thompson on Film Society of Lincoln Center 1987 honoree Alex Guinness, mainstream depictions of the afterlife, Harlan Kennedy on Stephen Frears, Sundance Film Festival, Grosses Gloss

January/February 1987

1986 in review, Oliver Stone on Platoon, Jean-Jacques Beineix’ Betty Blue, Armond White on directors and their muses, special midsection on what it means to be “in development,” Stuart Gordon and Re-Animator's special effects, colorization debates, Cary Grant

November/December 1986

Hollywood and small town America in Blue Velvet, Peggy Sue Got Married, and True Stories, Sigourney Weaver section, interviews with Peter Weir and Dennis Hopper, Nazi propaganda films, fall festival reports

September/October 1986

F. Murray Abraham, French directors on American artists in ‘Round Midnight and Ménage, David Byrne’s True Stories, Roland Joffe’s The Mission, Dorris Dorrie, Hanif Kureishi, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Alex Cox’s Sid and Nancy, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It

July/August 1986

Special midsection on exploitation films; Dr. Ruth fold-out; interview with Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker; Tobe Hooper and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy, Troma Films

May/June 1986

Special section on Humphrey Bogart, a look at new ratings and censorship, Hannah and Her Sisters, Austin Pendleton on Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 1986 honoree Elizabeth Taylor, J. Hoberman on Hungarian cinema, roundup of Spanish cinema

March/April 1986

The gay gaze, The Official Story and Argentinian cinema, Richard Corliss on Out of Africa and 1985 films, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Michael Apted’s 28 Up, Stephen Frears’s My Beautiful Laundrette, non-actors in Hollywood, James Foley interview, Ry Cooder

January/February 1986

The 1985 Movie Revue, Marcia Pally on the resurgence of Cold War cinema, The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s mainstream success, interview with John Bright, Armond White on theater to film adaptations, the prominence of television

November/December 1985

Looney Tunes, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, women in Hollywood, Emilio Fernandez, Jewel of the Nile, Jean-Luc Godard's Hail Mary controversy, hillbilly movies

September/October 1985

Jane Fonda in Agnes of God, Meryl Streep in Plenty, special midsection on race films, Mantan Moreland, Oscar Micheaux, Ran, Mishima, J. Hoberman on TV’s Golden Age, Wayne Wang interview

July/August 1985

The wild side of British film, new Westerns, William Hurt, John Travolta, Hollywood’s appeal to teenagers, interviews with Edgar Reitz and Kevin Kline, midsection on mavericks: Altman, Rudolph, Yorkin, Scorsese, and Bogdanovich by Manny Farber

May/June 1985

Interviews with Susan Seidelman, Leora Barish and Edward Lachman on Desperately Seeking Susan, Federico Fellini, Latin American cinema midsection, Times Square redevelopment and gentrification, Berlin Film Festival, Hungarian cinema, Jack Nicholson interview

March/April 1985

Blood Simple, The Cotton Club, Hollywood fiction, voyeurism from Blowup to The Purple Rose of Cairo, movie fanzines, Miami Vice, essays on Karen Allen, Ellen Barkin, Kathleen Turner, Daryl Hannah, Diane Lane, Michelle Pfeiffer, and more

January/February 1985

Interviews with Jim Jarmusch, James Cameron, and David Lynch, midsection on François Truffaut, celebrity culture, David Lean's Passage to India, the year 1984 in review

November/December 1984

Black Hollywood films and Purple Rain, Norman Jewison's A Soldier's Story, midsection on sex and censorship, Hollywood studio bosses, Gene Kelly interview, Andzrej Wajda interview, Arthur C. Clarke interview, New York Film Festival, Richard Burton obituary

September/October 1984

Special section on Hollywood noir, violence against women in film, Brian De Palma’s Body Double, Mary Corliss reports from Cannes, Milos Foreman’s Amadeus, Clint Eastwood interview on Tightrope, Ermanno Olmi interview, Steve Martin interview

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