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Review: Two in the Wave
Emmanuel Laurent's documentary uses mostly conventional methods to tell how Cahiers du cinéma critics François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard rejected what they regarded as stuffy old-school cinema and set about to reinvent cinema by making their own f
Conventional documentary on unconventional subjects
| September 03, 2010
Interview: Raoul Cotard
It's embarrassing to confess, but the first time I went to see Breathless , I walked out after 20 minutes. I was 14, and it seemed clear to me that Jean-Luc Godard didn't know what the hell he was doing.
| July 09, 2010
The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
| July 02, 2010
Could the revival of the "Portrait of the Auteur As a Young Man" genre signal a new era of auteurship in Hollywood? Maybe, but Mottola, for one, hasn't quite reached that point.
Greg Mottola faces growing pains
| March 31, 2009
Lost in translation
Spring can't come soon enough, since it'll be bringing with it some engaging museum shows in and around Boston.
Digital language and Mexican modernism mark the season
EVAN J. GARZA
| March 12, 2009
Pop goes Wittgenstein
"We were indeed in a political film — that is to say, Walt Disney plus blood." You might have read that bit of '60s film voiceover in a book, but it's unlikely you've ever heard Anna Karina speak it.
Jean-Luc Godard at the Museum of Fine Arts
| February 18, 2009
Review: Wild Child
Like others who toil in the classroom (I’m a long-time film-studies professor at Suffolk University), I constantly fret over whether all those semesters of teacher talk have made a bona fide dent in students’ lives.
Learning curve, part I
| February 04, 2009
Review: The Class
Bégaudeau is a real-life teacher who penned a memoir, Entre les murs (the film’s original French title), about his time in the classroom.
Learning curve, part II
| February 04, 2009
Moral and ethical quibbles aside, society’s objection to queers amounts to a question of power.
Unconventional wisdom at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
| May 06, 2008
Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
| January 23, 2008
There’s nothing like love in Paris — in French movies, at least, it’s the city where romance goes to die.
Julie Delpy’s infernal, funny 2 Days in Paris
| August 22, 2007
Ingmar Bergman, who died Sunday, was one of the last of the great world filmmakers who came to fame around the mid century and changed the face of movies.
| July 31, 2007
He’s a tough kind of flâneur, and the love that’s his almost-exclusive subject doesn’t come easily.
Charles Aznavour, the Opera House, September 21, 2006
| September 22, 2006
While he refers to himself as a “dramatist” rather than a historian, Stone has positioned himself as Hollywood’s gatekeeper to America’s post-war past. Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot of JFK to the Republican se
History gets Stoned
| August 09, 2006
Lés Poupees Russes|Russian Dolls
Romain Duris's hyper performance is diffused over several countries, all the better to reflect modern life, which it does with the wary smile of a Nerve personal. Watch the trailer for Lés Poupees Russes|Russian Dolls (QuickTime)
A recognizable and affecting story
| July 21, 2006
In 1969, when Ralph Arlyck attended San Francisco State, he made a 16mm short about his upstairs neighbor in the Haight: Sean, a free-spirited four-year-old charmer who talked casually of having smoked pot.
In search of the 60s
| April 05, 2006
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