May/June 2006

Robert Altman's Prairie Home Companion, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu plus Cristi Puiu interviewed, Guy Debord, Paul Greengrass on United 93, directing actors by Charles Grodin, reviews of The Road to Guantanamo, Lady Vengeance, The Proposition, Twelve and Holding

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DIRECTING ACTORS
By Charles Grodin
An actor gives us the benefit of his experience making movies

UNITED 93
By Gavin Smith
Paul Greengrass talks about filming the unfilmable

ROBERT ALTMAN
By Kent Jones
A Prairie Home Companion casts a misunderstood career in a new light

“MOVIE MAGIC”
By Geoffrey O’Brien
A meditation on cinema’s transporting power

THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU
By Paul Arthur
Corporeal Cinema: a meta-genre for the physically minded
Plus: Cristi Puiu interviewed by Mark Cummins

ARMY OF SHADOWS
By Amy Taubin
Jean-Pierre Melville’s stark French Resistance chronicle

DANIEL BURMAN
By Pablo Suarez
The Argentine-Jewish experience as rendered in this young auteur’s nervous comedies

GUY DEBORD
By Howard Hampton
The situationist’s subversive cinematic forays

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Distributor Wanted: Le Petit Lieutenant by Nicolas Rapold, Flashback: Alex Cox on The Price of Power

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

JOURNAL
Syrian Cinema by Cécile Boëx

SOUND & VISION
Alexander Sokurov’s The Sun by Philip Brophy, Video Artist William Wegman by Chris Chang

OLAF’S WORLD
Valley of the Wolves: Iraq by Olaf Möller

RETURN ENGAGEMENT
Baby Face Nelson by Geoffrey O’Brien

FESTIVALS
Berlin by Olaf Möller, New Directors/New Films by Nicolas Rapold

SCREENINGS
The Road to Guantanamo by Paul Arthur, Lady Vengeance by Tony Rayns, The Proposition by Adrian Martin, Twelve and Holding by Amy Taubin

HOME MOVIES
Modern Romance by Gavin Smith, Syriana by Kent Jones, Damnation by Paul Fileri, Why We Fight by Paul Arthur, The Films of Paolo Gioli by Mark McElhatten, The Desert of the Tartars by Jake Perlin, Mommie Dearest by Guy Maddin, Deadwood Season 2 by Richard Combs

READINGS
Holly Willis on Death 24x a Second by Laura Mulvey

IN BRIEF
Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné by Gavin Smith, The Power of Movies: How Screen and Mind Interact by Chris Chang, Backstory 4: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1970s and 1980s by José Teodoro.

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events