September/October 1991

Cannes 1991, Gus Van Sant, David Lean, Mike Leigh, the Coen Brothers, Don Siegel by Andrew Sarris and Clint Eastwood, taking auteur theory to task, Nicholas Ray on Nicholas Ray, Sean Penn interviewed, Terry Gilliam’s Guilty Pleasures, Life with Video

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LOST SOULS
By Mary Corliss
Cannes 1991

GUS VAN SANT
By Donald Lyons
The Van Sant hero is “driven but cool, haunted but hip; deadly serious, but alive to the humor of his deadliness and seriousness.” And the Van Sant movie is the most exciting, supple, witty, bounteously vital new cinematic species on the American scene

JUNGLE FEVER
By Robert Horton
The secret life of David Lean

MIKE LEIGH
By Harlan Kennedy
The frowsy charms and precise agenda of the man and the method behind Bleak Moments, High Hopes, and now Life Is Sweet

WHAT’S IN THE BOX
By Richard T. Jameson
Wrestling with Barton Fink

COEN BROTHERS A-Z: THE BIG TWO-HEADED PICTURE
By Mark Horowitz
A critical lexicon for Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, et al.

DON SIEGEL
By Andrew Sarris
A pro among the pod people
Plus: second units and first takes—a personal memoir by Clint Eastwood

GUILTY BY OMISSION
By Jonathan Rosenbaum
The auteur theory rewrote film history in the name of personal artistry, but threw some good movies and moviemakers out with the political bathwater

RAY’S WORLD ACCORDING TO RAY
By Nicholas Ray
Moi, un auteur? Well, yes, but…

SEAN PENN AT CLOSE RANGE
Interview by Gavin Smith
An interview with the actor and first-time director on the Nebraska set of The Indian Runner

GUILTY PLEASURES
By Terry Gilliam
The return of a Film Comment classic

LIFE WITH VIDEO
By K. Lee Buford
The past recaptured

WAITING FOR FIDEL
By Malvin Wald
Taking a meeting with Castro, 1959