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September-October 2017

Interview with Agnès Varda, Dee Rees’s Mudbound, Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Robert Mitchum at 100, Joan Micklin Silver, immigrants on screen, Nikos Papatakis, George Romero in memoriam, Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck, Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

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Faces Places
By Wang Muyan
Legendary filmmaker and happy wanderer Agnès Varda cozies up for tea and a chat about the large-scale project 
in her small-scale collaboration with visual artist JR

By Ashley Clark
Leaping to another level of incisive historical cinema, writer-director Dee Rees creates a World War II–era American epic from a perspective all too often ignored

Robert Mitchum
By Imogen Sara Smith
He moseyed and menaced through decades of American movies while barely lifting an eyebrow. An appreciation of the actor’s career on his centenary

By José Teodoro
The wondrous Argentine director Lucrecia Martel is back after too long an absence with her first literary adaptation, 
a tale of isolation and madness


Joan Micklin Silver
By Shonni Enelow
The director of such lovingly idiosyncratic films as Crossing Delancey and Hester Street merits reconsideration as a true offbeat American auteur

Immigrants on Screen
By Girish Shambu
Starting 100 years ago, when Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant first arrived, this personalized survey takes us through a 
century of strivers and settlers

Nikos Papatakis
By Yonca Talu
For the politically minded and dramatically intense filmmaker who worked with Genet and Cassavetes, a complacent 
cinema is no cinema at all


THE PRE-SHOW | News, views, conversations, and other things to get worked up about
News, Inspired: Luca Guadagnino on Call Me by Your Name, Release Me: Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature by Nicolas Rapold, Directions: Jane Campion by Nick Davis, Restoration Row: Med Hondo’s Soleil Ô by Max Nelson, and Peevish

Critics rate and comment 
on new releases

ART AND CRAFT | Filmmaking according to the makers
Costume designer 
Mark Bridges interviewed by Christopher Laverty

MAKE IT REAL | The wide, wide world of cinematic nonfiction
Ghost Hunting and 
Spettacolo by Eric Hynes

FINEST HOUR | One actor, one performance
John Adames in Gloria by Shonni Enelow

CURRENTS | New and important work from festivals and elsewhere
New and important work from festivals and elsewhere

IN MEMORIAM | Remembering cinéastes who have passed on
George A. Romero by Nick Pinkerton

THE BIG SCREEN | Reviews of notable new films opening in theaters (hopefully near you)
Reviews: Wonderstruck by Michael Koresky, 
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library by Nicolas Rapold, The Challenge by Violet Lucca, The Florida Project by Cassie da Costa

Short Takes: The Villainess by R. Emmet Sweeney, The Unknown Girl by Holly Willis, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) by Steven Mears, BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Nick Davis, Super Dark Times by Justin Stewart

HOME MOVIES | Cinema spun, streamed, and beamed
The Fabulous Baron Munchausen by Michael Sragow, Amsterdamned by Chris Shields, Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman by Nicolas Rapold, A Dark Song by Margaret Barton-Fumo, Tectonic Plate by Chloe Lizotte, Terror in a Texas Town by Farran Smith Nehme, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Steven Mears, public domain streaming by Gina Telaroli

READINGS | Books about all aspects of filmmaking and film culture
Reinventing Hollywood by David Bordwell, reviewed by Nick Pinkerton; California Infernal: Anton LaVey & Jayne Mansfield As Portrayed by Walter Fischer, reviewed by J. Hoberman; Metaphors on Vision by Stan Brakhage, reviewed by Michael Joshua Rowin

GRAPHIC DETAIL | The art of the movie poster
Kiyoshi Awazu by Adrian Curry