When we think of early First Amendment crusaders, the name Barney Rosset probably doesn’t come to mind. Instead, we’re more inclined to list famous writers like Henry Miller, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.
Film contributor Milos Stehlik and Jerome discuss the work of legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. His latest film, Crazy Horse, goes behind the scenes of the famous Parisian strip club as it prepares for its first new show in 20 years.
A major transformation happened in the mind of the movie goer over the past twenty years. Television, with its radical insistence on reductive and literal narrative forms, has altered the relationship between the movie viewer and the movie auteur—or the filmmaker.
Lars von Trier is his own worst enemy. He made stupid, ill-considered remarks at the last Cannes Film Festival. The Festival kicked him out and banned him. The scandal overshadowed the substance of his new film, Melancholia.
Le Havre is the new film by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. It was made in France where Kaurismäki now lives much of the time, in Le Havre, a port city on the coast of Brittany. Le Havre, the film, is pure joy and magic.
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm: news arrives that at least six people were arrested in Iran, accused of a "cover-up to fulfill the needs of the British secret service in exchange for big sums of money." Iran’s Culture Minister called them subversives and enemies of the Islamic system.
Perhaps the most influential film of all time is Vittorio de Sica's Bicycle Thieves. This Italian neo-realist masterpiece is the story of a poor man and his two children who gets a job putting up posters.