July/August 2003

Feature on Ang Lee's Hulk, part 2 of a special section on the work of Chris Marker, Cannes, Tribeca, and San Francisco Festival coverage, American Splendor, Michael Barker's Guilty Pleasures, Copenhagen film journal

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BURNS FILM CENTER
By Harlan Jacobson
If you build it, they will come: two years at the movies in Pleasantville

CAMP
By Chris Norris
A coming-of-age teen flick with a difference. Forget J-Lo: these kids worship at Sondheim’s altar. Writer-director Todd Graff said, “Let’s put on a show,” and the result is one of the most delightful films of the season

AMERICAN SPLENDOR
By Howard Hampton
Received wisdom: the comedy of Everyday American Dysfunction found on HBO and in the films of Alexander Payne, Charlie Kaufman, et al., is today’s cutting edge. A new film about Cleveland’s cult comic-book writer/depressive misfit joins their ranks. But how much of this edge depends on dividing the audience into Those Who Get It and everybody else

HULK
By Geoffrey O’Brien
A franchise is born—and one with brainpower as well as muscle. The ever-versatile Ang Lee’s new Hulk may be the smackdown action spectacle of the season, but it’s fueled at the core by a wounded psyche and an Oedipal conflict

SPECIAL MIDSECTION: CHRIS MARKER PART TWO

Marker’s Soviet legacy by Paul Arthur

Marker and Japan by Olaf Möller

Marker and the militant collective SLON by Min Lee

Marker’s writings by Sam Di Iorio and Michael Chaiken

Letter from Siberia by André Bazin

Immemory CD-ROM by Kent Jones

Description of a Struggle by J. Hoberman

Annotated filmography by Catherine Lupton, Sam Di Iorio, Min Lee, Michael Chaiken, J. Hoberman, & Chris Marker

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Books, Guilty Pleasures by Michael Barker, Letters

FIRST LOOK
Lost in Translation by Alice Lovejoy

JOURNAL
Copenhagen by Kim Foss

DISCOVERY
Robert Parigi by Amy Taubin

SOUND & VISION
The Death of Klinghoffer by Edward E. Crouse & Omer Fast by Chris Chang

STORYBOARD
“Night Frames” by Barry Yourgrau

FESTIVALS
Cannes by Amy Taubin, Kent Jones, Mary Corliss, Richard Peña, and Gavin Smith; San Francisco Film Festival by Alice Lovejoy; Tribeca by Amy Taubin

SCREENINGS
thirteen by by Alissa Quart, La Commune (Paris, 1871) by by Paul Arthur, Northfork by Michael Koresky, Matrix Reloaded by Tom Zummer, plus Chris Chang on Madame Satã, Cinemania, The Nazi Officer’s Wife, Buffalo Soldiers, Cremaster 3, The Holy Land & Suddenly

HOME MOVIES
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul by Gavin Smith