Tony Pipolo

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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Looking Both Ways

Tony Pipolo on Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence

July 2015

EASILY ONE OF the most courageous and profound documentaries in ages, The Look of Silence is director Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow up to The Act of Killing (2012), his shocking exposé about the Indonesian “gangsters” who tortured and … READ ON

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Cuts Above the Rest

Tony Pipolo on Japan Cuts at the Japan Society

July 2015

AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS of the ninth annual Japan Cuts Festival are two movies starring the popular Sakura Ando. This chameleon-like actress (fleeting but unforgettable in Kyoshi Kurosawa’s television series Penance, later turned into a … READ ON

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Bird’s-eye View

Tony Pipolo on A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

June 2015

IMPECCABLY CRAFTED AND VISUALLY ARRESTING, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, the final chapter of Roy Andersson’s “The Living Trilogy,” is the wittiest, most engaging black comedy I’ve seen in ages. Mastering the art… READ ON

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Age of Innocence

Tony Pipolo on “Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces” at BAMcinématek

May 2015

THOUGH THE TITLE of the upcoming program at BAMcinématek might seem a bit grandiose for the relatively modest group of works being shown, it’s a unique opportunity to catch rarely screened films and videos from a nearly ignored era and … READ ON

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Ken Jacobs’s The Guests

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April 2015

The truest, most astounding, and perhaps most dangerous glory of the Lumière brothers is not to have spun the development of a “seventh art”. . . . No, its glory is having created a form of witchcraft akin to that of the prophet Joshua,… READ ON

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