Tony Pipolo

Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

May 2016

Curated by Joshua Siegel Few filmmakers in cinema history adhered to so rigorous an aesthetic as husband-and-wife team Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. From 1963 until Huillet’s death in 2006, they turned literary, operatic, and … READ ON

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Divide and Conquer

Tony Pipolo on Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands

April 2016

IF EVER A FILMMAKER’S life and work are a cri de coeur for psychological scrutiny, it is Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s. Both the title and chapter headings of Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands indicate that Danish director Christian Braad… READ ON

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Shades of Cool

Tony Pipolo on Hockney

April 2016

THE FACE IS ICONIC: a Capote puckishness flaunting a Warhol cool, eyes alert with faux innocence, starkly framed by round, oversized, black-rimmed glasses, which, like the ones worn by silent clown Harold Lloyd, could easily pass for fake; … READ ON

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Not I

Tony Pipolo on Ross Lipman’s Notfilm

April 2016

IN 1964, the great playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett began his only venture into cinema. The twenty-two-minute Film, as it was eventually titled, was a collaborative effort of formidable talents. Directed by Alan Schneider, the premiere… READ ON

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Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia

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April 2016

ALEXANDER SOKUROV’S new movie, Francofonia, is both exhilarating and profoundly ruminative. Although it is ostensibly about the threat that hung over the Louvre under the Nazi occupation, its subtitle, An Elegy for Europe, suggests a broader… READ ON

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A River Runs Through It

Tony Pipolo on “Imitations of Life: The Films of Douglas Sirk” at FSLC

December 2015

FOR THOSE STILL IMMUNE to the glories of Douglas Sirk’s cinema, the twenty-five-film retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (most in 35 mm) is a rare opportunity to see what they’ve been missing. Included are four films from… READ ON

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Going Klahr

Tony Pipolo on Lewis Klahr’s Sixty Six

December 2015

BASED IN LOS ANGELES, where he teaches film in the theater department at CalArts, Lewis Klahr is one of America’s most prolific avant-garde filmmakers. Drawn to narrative as well as short, lyrical “odes” of purely visual and audio … READ ON

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New York Film Festival: Projections

Tony Pipolo on the Projections section at the 53rd New York Film Festival

September 2015

OF THE MORE THAN FIFTY WORKS in the “Projections” sidebar at the fifty-third New York Film Festival, nearly forty are in one digital format or another. At this point, of course, this is less surprising than the fact that eight films are… READ ON

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Teenage Daydream

Tony Pipolo on Mélanie Laurent’s Breathe

September 2015

A BOLD, BRILLIANTLY ACTED study of adolescence, French director Mélanie Laurent’s second feature, Breathe, is riveting from beginning to end. Tracing a friendship from its initial euphoric harmony to sadistic betrayal and horrific tragedy,… READ ON

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Brow Beating

Tony Pipolo on “Robert Ryan: An Actor’s Actor” at Anthology Film Archives

September 2015

THOUGH NEVER ONE OF HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST STARS or romantic leading men, Robert Ryan arguably gave more great performances, even in mediocre films, than showier, bigger name actors like Marlon Brando. Unlike the latter, whose public image … READ ON

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