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Nick Pinkerton on “Hollywood Exiles in Europe” at UCLA Film & Television Archive

July 2014

“DON’T TELL HIM ANYTHING.” In 1963’s The Damned (a/k/a These Are the Damned), a sign bearing this motto is passed through a classroom of cloistered children—in fact prisoners being kept under constant surveillance by government … READ ON

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Duck Dynasty

Nick Pinkerton on “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones”

July 2014

A FEW IMAGES, to set the mood: Daffy Duck being bullied by the pencil and paintbrush of a persecuting artist/vengeful God in Duck Amuck (1953); the stricken expression on Wile E. Coyote’s face at the moment when he realizes that he is … READ ON

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The Criminal Mind

Nick Pinkerton on “Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures” at MoMA

July 2014

IN THE YEARS of its rise to prominence, Columbia Pictures was famous for a couple of things, neither of them having anything to do with crime thrillers. The first was its possession of the most horrible studio chief in Hollywood, Harry Cohn,… READ ON

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King of Pain

Nick Pinkerton on “All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu” at BAMcinématek

June 2014

TSAI MING-LIANG’S Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004) takes place at the Fu-Ho Grand, a leaky, waterlogged Taipei movie palace on the night of its last-ever screening, which happens to be King Hu’s Dragon Inn (1967) a landmark in the genre called… READ ON

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Between the Lines

Nick Pinkerton on Marcel Hanoun at Anthology Film Archives

May 2014

A WOMAN newly-arrived from Lille (Micheline Bezançon) tows her young daughter through the Paris suburbs in a vain quest for work, increasingly broke, increasingly hungry, finally reduced to sleeping on a patch of waste ground in the banlieue,… READ ON

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Homeward Bound

Nick Pinkerton on the 16th Maryland Film Festival

May 2014

IN ITS SIXTEEN YEARS OF EXISTENCE, the Maryland Film Festival has become something of a destination festival for independent filmmakers, distributors, and exhibitors—though this year, the destination was itself couch-surfing. For the first… READ ON

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Fast and Furious

Nick Pinkerton on “Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist” at the FSLC

May 2014

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER died a little over thirty years ago, aged thirty-seven, with—conservative estimate—something like a zillion films, telefilms, and TV serials to his name. The frenetic pace that Fassbinder set for himself, kept up… READ ON

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Poetic Justice

Nick Pinkerton on “Semper, Roi, Semper: Amiri Baraka” at Anthology Film Archives

May 2014

WATCHING ST. CLAIR BOURNE’S aptly-titled 1983 “videowork” Amiri Baraka: In Motion, you’re struck by the manner in which the film’s subject, while presenting a calm and collected demeanor to the camera, is forever at the center of … READ ON

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Spitting Image

Nick Pinkerton on the 27th Images Festival in Toronto

May 2014

IF YOU WANT a panoramic view of what constitutes experimental film today, there are few more all-encompassing vantage points than the Images Festival in Toronto. Surveying the broad expanse, one may feel tempted to say that the defining … READ ON

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Real Love

Nick Pinkerton on “Art of the Real” at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

April 2014

“THE MACHINE CANNOT LIE,” the businessman and former California governor Leland Stanford said, explaining his hire of an experimental photographer named Eadweard Muybridge to create a study of a horse in motion. It was to be made of stills… READ ON

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