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Recent reviews

  • Crimson Gold

    Crimson Gold

    “It all existed before us. It will all go on after.”

    Completely of a piece with Close-Up in its portrayal of the performance of class, minus the metatextual wizardry. But Crimson Gold — scripted by Kiarostami and directed with unflinching lucidity by Panahi — is also brave enough to confront the darker, uglier depths of the world’s oldest conflict and the desperation it awakens in the downtrodden. For what else can a poor man have but bloodlust for the rich man who looked at him like he was nothing?

  • Masculin Féminin

    Masculin Féminin

    JLG had the Dirtbag Left pegged all the way back in ’66

Popular reviews

  • Cusp


    I think that if more documentary filmmakers were made to watch and understand The Wind Will Carry Us, they would be stopped in their tracks before venturing to make movies like Cusp, which is an act of invasive manipulation bordering on violence

  • Party


    When I was ten, Mahesh Elkunchwar, writer of the Marathi play upon which Party is based, and co-writer of the film’s screenplay, stayed at my house in Wisconsin for two weeks. (My mother had made a habit of bringing the luminaries of post-independence Marathi theatre to town for guest lectures at the university — first Vijay Tendulkar, then Satish Alekar, and finally Elkunchwar.) I remember Elkunchwar fondly: he was a jovial, worldly man, oddly obsessed with finding the best Italian…