November/December 2008

Interviews with Arnaud Desplechin and Catherine Deneuve, Nathan Lee on Gus Van Sant’s Milk, Rob Nelson on two Eighties docs Demon Lover Diary and Seventeen, Hot Property: Tulpan by Chris Chang, Site Specifics: Order of the Exile by Paul Fileri, a review of The Secret of the Grain by Elisabeth Lequeret

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FEATURES

MILK
By Nathan Lee
Gus Van Sant honors an American hero in another chronicle of death foretold

CATHERINE DENEAUVE
By Arnaud Desplechin
The director of A Christmas Tale interviews his regal leading lady

ASHES OF TIME REDUX
By Howard Hampton
Wong Kar Wai’s tuned-up martial-arts roundelay

WALTZ WITH BASHIR
By Stuart Klawans
An animated j’accuse sifts through uneasy memories of Israel at war

ANDRE BAZIN
By Dudley Andrew
The founding father of modern film criticism continues to make waves

WENDY AND LUCY
By Kristin M. Jones
Kelly Reichardt keeps the faith with the people who fall through the safety net

WHITE DOG
By Lisa Dombrowski
How Hollywood tried to tame Sam Fuller’s racially incendiary mongrel

GABRIELLE
By Robin Wood
The existential, anti-capitalist, and feminist imperatives that guide Patrice Chéreau’s 2005 drama of marital collapse

PATRICE CHEREAU
By David Ehrenstein
The physically and emotionally intense cinema of the French auteur behind Gabrielle

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
New, Hot Property: Tulpan by Chris Chang, Flashback: Alex Cox on Cemetery Without Crosses, Site Specifics: Order of the Exile, Letters

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

FADE OUT
Manny Farber, 1917-2008 by Kent Jones

ENCORE
Demon Lover Diary and Seventeen by Rob Nelson

SOUND & VISION
Straub-Huillet’s Moses and Aaron by Allen Shawn & Steve McQueen’s Hunger by Chris Chang

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Mike Leigh by Harlan Jacobson

FESTIVALS
Venice by Olaf Möller; Toronto by Mark Olsen, Nicole Armour, and Gavin Smith; Locarno by Chris Darke

SCREENINGS
The Secret of the Grain by Elisabeth Lequeret, Slumdog Millionaire by Nicolas Rapold, JCVD by Evan Davis, Synecdoche, New York by Chris Norris

SHORT TAKES
The Betrayal by Nicolas Rapold, Dust by Nicolas Rapold, Lake City by Laura Kern, Splinter by Laura Kern, Theater of War by Nicolas Rapold, Timecrimes by Laura Kern

HOME MOVIES
Sexploitation Labels Roundup by Maitland McDonagh, The New Centurions by Gavin Smith, Europa by Nicolas Rapold, The Films of Budd Boetticher by Paul Brunick, Roberto Rosellini: Director’s Series by Chris Chang, Ludwig by David Zuckerman, Valerie and her Week of Wonders by Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa, The Dark Knight by Kent Jones, What? By David Thompson, Venom and Eternity by Patrick Friel, Pineapple Express by Paul Brunick

READINGS
David Zuckerman on Cinematic Mythmaking: Philosophy in Film

IN BRIEF
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud: The Moving Word by Nicolas Rapold, Making Movies with Orson Welles: A Memoir by Peter Tonguette, Terrence Malick by José Teodoro

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

Bigger Than Life by Paul Brunick

Magnificent Obsession by David Zuckerman

Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2008 by Laura Kern

Don’t Look Back: An Interview with Bruce Posner by Chris Chang