November/December 2013

50 years of Film Comment, the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, Frederick Wiseman's At Berkeley, Venice, Locarno, and Toronto Festival coverage, Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color, Asghar Farhadi's The Past

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
By Jonathan Romney
Soulful, poignant, funny—and dig that cat. Is this Joel and Ethan Coen’s best movie yet?

FREDERICK WISEMAN
By Nicolas Rapold
A great American filmmaker on lessons learned and going back to school with At Berkeley

SPECIAL SECTION: 50 YEARS OF FILM COMMENT
Born in 1962 and still going strong, Film Comment looks back on five decades of film commentary and how we got from there to here

• History of the magazine by Max Nelson
• Timeline: an issue-by-issue tour through our editorial highlights
• Top 50 most frequently published contributors
Best and worst covers
• Guilty Pleasures Hall of Infamy
• Plus: former editor Richard Corliss interviewed by David Thomson

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Letter

OPENING SHOTS
News, Hot Property: Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto by Nicolas Rapold, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Karel Reisz’s Who’ll Stop the Rain?, Site Specifics: Short of the Week by Violet Lucca, Trivial Top 20®: Best (Fictional) Voiceovers, Restoration Row: The White Dove and more by Max Nelson

ENCORE
Ted Post’s The Baby by Maitland McDonagh

SOUND & VISION
Goblin by Margaret Barton-Fumo and William Kentridge by Violet Lucca

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

FESTIVALS
Venice by Olaf Möller, Locarno by Chris Darke, Toronto by Joumane Chahine, Nicole Armour, and Gavin Smith

SCREENINGS
Blue Is the Warmest Color by Kristin M. Jones, The Great Beauty by Marco Grosoli, The Past by Emma Myers

SHORT TAKES
About Time by Nicolas Rapold, The Broken Circle Breakdown by Jonathan Robbins, Dallas Buyers Club by Laura Kern, Her by Sarah Mankoff, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by Nicolas Rapold, These Birds Walk by Eric Hynes

HOME MOVIES
3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman by Patrick Friel, A Letter to Three Wives by Kent Jones, Rumstick Road by David Gregory Lawson, The Little Mermaid by David Filipi, The Big City & Charulata by Adam Cook, Robin Redbreast by David Thomson, The Stranger by Jared Eisenstat, The Fall by Sarah Mankoff, Wild Style by Chris Norris, Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish by Amy Taubin

READINGS
The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes by Patrick Keiller, reviewed by Jonathan Romney; Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie by Chris Nashawaty, reviewed by Sarah Mankoff; Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies by David V. Picker, reviewed by James Hughes; Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions by Guillermo del Toro, with contributions by Marc Scott Zicree, reviewed by Marc Walkow

GRAPHIC DETAIL
Satyajit Ray by Adrian Curry