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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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, Andrzej 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

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