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On Why You Should See The Horseman on the Roof

The Horseman on the Roof possesses many of the necessary ingredients of a popular adventure film without being especially popular. It compares not poorly with The English Patient, a much more successful and acclaimed film released in the same year. The Horseman on the Roof, which stars Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez, is a period…Read On

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Fritz Lang

Of the great directors of Hollywood’s classical era, Fritz Lang is among the most difficult to sum up in a neat critical epitome. There is much to be accounted for in the considerable changes that mark his maturing style from his early work in Weimar Germany to the later film noir genre pieces of his…Read On

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Joe Versus The Volcano

When I was eleven years old, I watched ten minutes of Joe Versus the Volcano on HBO and was dumbstruck. A Saturday morning, I woke early to watch cartoons and, during commercials, flipped around until the image of a sad man in a trench coat arrested me. I watched the man stop, stoop and prop…Read On

Inside A Scene: Bob And Charlotte Meet In Lost In Translation.

Sofia Coppola movies tend to have that “dreamy” quality the narrator of The Virgin Suicides ascribes to the Lisbon girls, by which I mean there are many passages, but not many scenes. A scene might be three minutes long and represent three minutes in the lives of the characters. A passage, on the other hand…Read On

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Principles of Adaptation

Everyone, I suppose, has his private prejudices as to what makes for a good film adaptation of a literary work. Often we lapse into the habit of judging an adapted film strictly on its superficial resemblance to its source material, without bothering to weigh any other factors. We ask ourselves, “Did they film the book?”…Read On