By David Sterritt and Jonathan Rosenbaum
In its sublime simplicity, Abbas Kiarostami’s new film The Wind Will Carry Us is this issue’s Movie of the Moment. The champion of our Best of the Nineties Poll talks about his poetic conception of cinema and gives us an exclusive glimpse of his landscape photographs. We also take a look at his early short films for clues to the filmmaker’s origins.
By Kent Jones
The gross-out kings are true Vulgar Classicists. Plus: Peter Farrelly’s novels considered by Olaf Möller
By Dennis Harvey
The original auteur of bad taste—elder statesman or benign uncle?
By Chris Darke
An oblique sci-fi/essay hybrid takes video and TV one step beyond.
by Chris Chang
Truth or fiction—which is stronger? Is this video a hoax or for real?
By Nicole Armour
McGuire’s out-there videos welcome us to the theater of her discomfort.
THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS
By Alissa Quart and Chuck Stevens
The phenomenon that is the MTV Movie Awards has got the Oscars running scared. Welcome to the movie culture of Generation Y and beyond. Plus: ringside analysis by our man on the scene.
By Gregory Solman
How MGM recut Walter Hill’s sci-fi thriller
IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN
By John Powers
Antonioni’s 1982 film finally on video.
By Olaf Möller
The in-between man of Italian cinema and his haunting vision.
By Roger Garcia
Filipino director Lav Diaz’s genre-busting films cross pulpish social protest with art-house leanings.
By Phillip Lopate
It took a filmmaker as unconventional and inventive as Raúl Ruiz to bring Marcel Proust to the screen intact. Plus: Chantal Ackerman takes a different approach with La Captive, by Frederic Bonnaud.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
News, Chatterbox, Coming Soon To a Decoder Box Near You, Guilty Pleasures: Paul Verhoeven, Off the Shelf
8 critics rate 25 new releases
Buenos Aires by Claudio Espana
Jafar Panahi’s The Circle by Mohammad Atebbai
Miranda July by Chuck Stephens
Benoît Jacquot’s Pas de Scandale by Robert Horton
Cannes by Harlan Kennedy, Mary Corliss, and Richard Pena
Gone in Sixty Seconds by Chuck Stephens, Madadayo by Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Patriot by Mark Olsen, Chuck & Buck by Gregory Solman, Wonderland by Graham Fuller, Chicken Run by John Anderson
VIDI VIDI VIDI
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Gavin Smith, I Am Frigid…Why? by Nicole Armour
Who’s who at recent Film Society events