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See this film retrospective: Gotta Dance: The American Movie Musical 1929-1953 @ ArtsEmerson

Singin' in the Rain (1952) Although The Artist celebrates the golden age of silent movies, the first talkies were no slouch, either. The early Hollywood...
By Peter Keough  |  January 20, 2012

See these films: One Hour With You + Modern Times @ ArtsEmerson

One Hour With You (1932) Ernst Lubitsch, the master of subtle, edgy, and bracingly witty romantic comedy, collaborated with George Cukor to reboot his silent...
By Peter Keough  |  October 28, 2011

Laurie Anderson is still really good

If I hesitate to offer a review of Laurie Anderson's Delusion (at ArtsEmerson's Paramount Center through October 2), it's because I fear the whole thing will be just one big spoiler.
Mother lover
By JON GARELICK  |  September 30, 2011

Vintage sleaze

The grindhouse returns to the Combat Zone this weekend — in spirit, at least — as the ArtsEmerson film series, based at the Paramount Center, presents a tribute to sleazemeister David F. Friedman.
Film Culture
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 30, 2011

See this film: A Talking Picture at the Paramount

The title of Manoel de Oliveira's A Talking Picture (2003) is a bit ironic, considering that the 102-year-old director was making movies when they were...
By Peter Keough  |  September 22, 2011
See this film series: Movies Matter at ArtsEmerson at the Paramount

See this film series: Movies Matter at ArtsEmerson at the Paramount

Me and My Gal (1932) These days the title of the ArtsEmerson series Movies Matter seems a bit naive. Aren't movies just mindless entertainment whose...
By Peter Keough  |  September 16, 2011

See this film: The Arbor at ArtsEmerson @ the Paramount

Andrea Dunbar's short life - she died at age 29 in 1990 as a result of her multiple addictions - was as tormented and astonishing...
By Peter Keough  |  July 20, 2011

See these films: Tight Spot + Beyond a Reasonable Doubt @ Arts Emerson at the Paramount

This week's most satisfying cinematic experience might be watching a classic film noir in the vintage, rococo splendor of the Paramount Center. ArtsEmerson will screen...
By Peter Keough  |  June 10, 2011

See these films: "Three Films By Terrence Malick" @ the Paramount

Badlands (1973) Since Stanley Kubrick died, Terrence Malick has had no rival when it comes to obsessive, visionary directors who take forever to make a...
By Peter Keough  |  May 19, 2011

See this film: We Are What We Are at the Paramount

In the tradition of Dogtoothand Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau's We Are What We Are (2010) explores what happens when family values...
By Peter Keough  |  May 12, 2011
See this film: "Warhol on Film" @ ArtsEmerson

See this film: "Warhol on Film" @ ArtsEmerson

The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol (1965) Unlike the recent Know-Nothing right-wingers who have embraced the name, the Boston Tea Party, the great local rock...
By Peter Keough  |  April 15, 2011

See this film: Hadewijch at the Paramount Center

See this film: Hadewijch at the Paramount Center

The real world lags behind the movies when it comes to attempts to reconcile the Western and Islamic worlds. One of the more disturbing and...
By Peter Keough  |  April 07, 2011

ArtsEmerson celebrates a legendary director

Sometimes Samuel Beckett is baggy pants whittled to the contours of a Giacometti sculpture. Eminent British director Peter Brook, now 86, not only gets that but also relates to it.
Brook marks
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 25, 2011
See these films: A Farewell to Arms and The Killers at ArtsEmerson

See these films: A Farewell to Arms and The Killers at ArtsEmerson

The Killers Despite his terse, cinematic style, Ernest Hemingway never had much luck when his work was adapted for the screen. But there are a...
By Peter Keough  |  March 18, 2011
See this film: Faces at the Paramount

See this film: Faces at the Paramount

A lot of filmmakers these days are being compared to John Cassavetes, so this look at the real thing from the folks at ArtsEmerson might...
By Peter Keough  |  March 04, 2011
See this film: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Paramount

See this film: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Paramount

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were about as successful at rejiggering Alice in Wonderland as they were at remaking Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory....
By Peter Keough  |  February 18, 2011


Airs and graces

Somewhere in the middle of Stephen Petronio’s terrific hour-long dance I Drink the Air Before Me last Friday night, the dancers exited and the space went dark.
Stephen Petronio at the ICA, Black Grace at the Paramount
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 26, 2010

Tinseltown East

Looking at the photographs now, it’s hard to believe it ever existed.
Boston was once a breeding ground for movie big-wigs. Now, Emerson College tries to preserve its ghosts.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 30, 2007