September/October 1990

The Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing, MPAA ratings, David Lean, Ken Burns’s The Civil War, Teresa Wright, Cannes 1990, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, John Turturro interviewed, British crime films, Maurizio Nichetti, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Five Fingers

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BERATING RATINGS
By Richard Corliss
Are the MPAA ratings fit for adult consumption?

HISTORY COMPOSED WITH FILM
By David Thomson
Ken Burns’s patiently magnificent The Civil War could be the best American film—and the most transcendently American experience—of the year

A GENIUS FOR DECENCY
By Stephan Talty
Teresa Wright, “the saint of a church we no longer worship at—gentle American virtue,” gave us some of the best moments of our lives

HEARTS OF THE WORLD
By Mary Corliss
Vital signs from Cannes 1990

MADE MEN
By Kathleen Murphy
Martin Scorsese at the top of his form: a look at Goodfellas
Plus: Scorsese interviewed by Gavin Smith

CHASING THE HAT
By Richard T. Jameson
What’s the rumpus? Just the brothers Coen mapping the darkling world of Miller’s Crossing, and not getting a single move wrong

GETTING DOWN TO THE BONE
By Marlaine Glicksman
John Turturro interviewed

RIGHT VILLAINS
By Graham Fuller
Supergrasses, spivs, and razor boys: a short history of British crime movies, including Chicago Joe and The Krays

WHO FRAMED MAURIZIO NICHETTI
By Robert DiMatteo
A slapstick chase down the career track of “Italy’s Woody Allen”

ALL ABOUT CICERO
By Donald Lyons
“A man of nobility, eloquence, and dissatisfaction”—Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Five Fingers

GAMESMANSHIP
By Robert Horton
Glasnost gets pixilated