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A Dilettante Much Like Yourself Perhaps

A Dilettante Much Like Yourself Perhaps

PRIOR TO 2007, only one of Cormac McCarthy’s ten novels had been adapted for film. All the Pretty Horses, the writer’s most successful book until The Road, so entranced Billy Bob Thornton tha...

Eight Arms to Hold You

Eight Arms to Hold You

HOW WOULD YOU REACT if there appeared in front of you a flesh-and-blood vision of everything you ever dreamed life could be? What if you could, at the same time, be your distinctive self and an irrepl...

From Whodunits to Why Bother? Noir at MoMA

From Whodunits to Why Bother? Noir at MoMA

TODAY’S FILM HISTORY is largely yesterday’s Hollywood gossip. With that in mind, Columbia Pictures co-founder Harry Cohn’s reputation as Golden Age Tinseltown’s most hated studio head seems as...

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

IN 1898, CAMERAMAN William Dickson trailed Pope Leo XIII around the Vatican grounds, documenting a series of vignettes of his activities. The Roman Catholic leader walked, rode in a carriage, and sat ...

Babies Taste Best

Babies Taste Best

SNOWPIERCER, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language effort and the summer’s critical darling, is a dystopian parable set in the near future. Here’s the setup: Earth has been plun...

A Boyhood Epic

A Boyhood Epic

BOYHOOD — J. M. Coetzee’s fictionalized memoir about growing up in South Africa — ends with a funeral. In the book’s final scene, the narrator and his mother get a ride in the hearse bearing A...

Silent Magic

Silent Magic

AT THE BEGINNING of All Movies Love the Moon, Gregory Robinson’s spirited collection of prose poems about silent film, we meet Ralph Spence, one of the best-known and highest-paid title card writers...

The 100-Year-Old Who Taught Garbo to Waltz

The 100-Year-Old Who Taught Garbo to Waltz

IN Doctor Dolittle and the Secret Lake, there is a bewitching sequence in which Dolittle is granted audience with an ancient turtle who claims to have been a passenger on Noah’s Ark. Dolittle eagerl...

Coming Home to The Best Years of Our Lives

Coming Home to The Best Years of Our Lives

I USED TO SAY that The Best Years of Our Lives was like a religion to me. In college I watched it over and over again in times of duress — first hoping the fat double-tape set was at the library, w...