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The Ephemeral Real, Part V

The Ephemeral Real, Part V

(This is Part V in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) THE EPHEMERAL REAL AS NARRATIVE PLAYGROUND: The Third Man and Vienna RUINS CHANGE. They fall farther apart o...

The Ephemeral Real, Part VI

The Ephemeral Real, Part VI

(This is Part VI in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) NATURE AS RUIN: The New World & Wind Across the Everglades THERE’S A CERTAIN DIFFICULTY that ari...

Fictionalizing the Past, Imagining the Future

Fictionalizing the Past, Imagining the Future

Upon the release of his debut feature, Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), director Terence Davies immediately established himself as one of Britain’s foremost filmmakers. And while the intervenin...

George Kuchar’s Voice

George Kuchar’s Voice

ANYONE WHO HAS ever been an audience for auteur and artist George Kuchar will never forget that voice. His tart Bronx honk was a “sonic signature” of sorts, heard throughout the almost 350 films...

The Posthuman Scar-Jo

The Posthuman Scar-Jo

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is a human actress; Scar-Jo is her brand name. Johansson endorses cosmetics and champagne, and gives skincare tips. She campaigned for two Democratic presidential candidates and on...

The Ephemeral Real, Part II: The Passenger

The Ephemeral Real, Part II: The Passenger

(This is Part II in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) THE PASSENGER: the ephemeral real and real film, real murder I PROBABLY should have started with a less prob...

Corporate Noir, or This Job Is Killing Me

Corporate Noir, or This Job Is Killing Me

IN CONTEMPORARY NOIR, you are often your own worst enemy. This is stylishly illustrated in the 2012 movie Looper, in which time travel has been outlawed but is still used as a handy black-market tool ...

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 ...

The Ephemeral Real, Part I

The Ephemeral Real, Part I

THE EPHEMERAL REAL:  a boat on its side in the water, removed from the Italian coastline last month … in a film, The Great Beauty, forever. This is the first article in a series of six. Paolo Sor...

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...

The Brilliance of "Five Came Back"

The Brilliance of "Five Came Back"

IN THE PENULTIMATE episode of Band of Brothers, the award-winning World War II miniseries from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the soldiers of Easy Company, an infantry company in the United States A...