Jonathan Rosenbaum

Claude Lanzmann’s The Last of the Unjust

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February 2014

THE LAST OF THE UNJUST, the latest of Claude Lanzmann’s footnotes and afterthoughts to his 1985 masterpiece, Shoah, functions even more than that earlier film as a dialectical palimpsest, so its successive layers—which remain in perpetual… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2014 [TOC]

Tragic Proportions

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Shoah and Night and Fog

December 2010

“THE HOLOCAUST is about six million people who get killed,” Stanley Kubrick reportedly said to screenwriter Frederic Raphael in the late 1990s. “Schindler’s List was about six hundred people who don’t.” One of the most striking … READ ON

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Jonathan Rosenbaum on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

December 2009

TERRY GILLIAM’S AMBITIOUS FANTASY, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, set to open in the US on Christmas Day, already did well in some parts of Europe when it premiered there in October—notably Italy and the UK, where it placed third … READ ON

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Trial and Era

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Jim McBride

April 2009

A CONSIDERABLE PART of what’s most fascinating and enjoyable about Jim McBride’s early films is also what’s most dated and therefore forgotten about them. So it seems pertinent that McBride’s first two films, David Holzman’s Diary… READ ON

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The Sun Also Sets

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Nagisa Oshima

April 2009

NO MAJOR FIGURE IN POSTWAR JAPANESE CINEMA eludes classification more thoroughly than Nagisa Oshima. The director of twenty-three stylistically diverse feature films since his directorial debut in 1958, at the age of twenty-six, Oshima is, … READ ON

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Never Too Late

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Carl Theodor Dreyer

March 2009

ONE REASON WHY it never seems like an inappropriate time to have a Carl Theodor Dreyer retrospective is that most of his films haven’t dated, even though reactions to his works have fluctuated quite a bit over the years. Based on my own … READ ON

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THE SUN ALSO SETS: THE FILMS OF NAGISA OSHIMA

October 2008

The indisputable highlight of the 2008 New York Film Festival is a complete retrospective of the films of Japanese provocateur Nagisa Oshima. As “In the Realm of Oshima” unspools this month at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, we … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2008 [TOC]

Best of the '90s: Film

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December 1999

CINDY SHERMAN, artist: Thomas Vinterberg’s brilliant The Celebration (1998) is especially important because it signals the future of the medium, away from Hollywood’s excesses.  JOHN WATERS, filmmaker: During the 1994 Cannes Film Festival… READ ON

IN PRINT December 1999

the Good, the Bad, and the Overlooked

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May 1995

IN PRINT December 1995