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Review: Ichiro Kataoka, Benshi

During their 2004 centennial celebration of Yasujiro Ozu, the Harvard Film Archive hosted Midori Sawato, one of a handful of silent-film narrators, or benshi, still active in Japan.
Sounds of silents  
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2012
Review: The Turin Horse

Review: The Turin Horse(1)

Legend has it that in Turin, Friedrich Nietzsche came across a horse being beaten by its driver. Nietzsche embraced the horse, went insane, and remained so for the rest of his life.
Bela Tarr's final film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012

The films of Sergio Leone at the HFA

He's best known for his westerns, which traditionally are sagas about how civilization begins, how ruthless and cynical men rip it out of the throat of the wilderness. But the end of civilization is what really fascinated Sergio Leone, and the pois
The good, the bad, and the brilliant
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2011
Buñuel HFA film

Buñuel continues to delight, confound, and shock

Openly, contentedly delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess, Luis Buñuel — the subject of an extensive survey at the HFA this month — may have been the greatest filmmaker of the medium's firs
Luis' world
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 11, 2011
"Vapor Trail" screening at the HFA

"Vapor Trail" screening at the HFA

Local filmmaker and Emerson College professor John Gianvito has moved from the poetic impressionism of his 58-minute Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007) to...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010
HFA presents "Under the Skin: The Films of Rakhshan Bani-Edemad"

HFA presents "Under the Skin: The Films of Rakhshan Bani-Edemad"

Iran’s film industry, once among the most acclaimed in the world, faces grave attacks from the current regime, which recently imprisoned the great director Jafar...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010

Harvard Film Archive's Retrospective: "The Searchers"

Harvard Film Archive's Retrospective: "The Searchers"

Those films that make the Top 10 list of all time are there for a reason. Like The Searchers (1956), which might well be the...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010

Sweet smell of skill

Alexander Mackendrick, who's the subject of a tribute at the Harvard Film Archive this weekend, is a somewhat mysterious figure in movie history.
Alexander Mackendrick at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 06, 2009

All's well that is Welles

Some of the best of the last Orson Welles flicks at the HFA
Some of the best of the last at the HFA
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  November 24, 2008