Max Goldberg

Nobody but you

Everyone Else thunders with a relationship's troubled interior

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Bucharest calling

Contextualizing the recent wave of Romanian cinema
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Not fade away

Tracking those SFIFF films bracketed by returns
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City limits

A rare screening of Chris Marker's 1963 Paris portrait, Le joli mai

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Wild yonder

Going the distance with remarkable flicks Sweetgrass and Let Each One Go Where He May

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Siteseeing

San Francisco Cinematheque welcomes classic American filmmaker James Benning
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FILM If America garlanded a filmmaker laureate, who would be better than James Benning? After helping thaw the structuralist/abstraction divide in the 1970s and '80s, he's since embarked on several adjoining 16mm contemplations of the American landscape, as marked by trains, lakes, paradises lost and alienation found — in the course, this son of Milwaukee has produced a matchless western oeuvre. In Ruhr (2009), his latest, Benning migrates to Europe and digital, but the bedrock is safe. Read more »

Playtime

Celebrating Sid Laverents and amateur cinema clubs

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"It's like he was waiting for someone to find him. It was overwhelming at first because I was just this little person trying to write a dissertation, and here was someone I thought needed to be recognized by history."Read more »

Enter night

Chasing fluid chiaroscuro and complicated shadows with Noir City and Val Lewton
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FILM Hollywood always exploits the space between plausibility and fantasy, but rarely with such fluidity as in the films of the 1940s and '50s. Some of the era's darkest refractions of the disquieted American belong to Jerry Lewis, but generally we look to film noir for the cynical postwar imagination.Read more »

Raison ritual

YEAR IN FILM: Paying tribute to the films that paid closest attention

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YEAR IN FILM "We could live like this forever." Josephine, the serious young woman in Claire Denis' gorgeous chamber drama 35 Shots of Rum, whispers this line to her father while they're camped out on the beach. It's unclear, however, whether she's referring to this particular sandy spot or the rituals of home and work that structure the film. As with Chris Chong's remarkable short, Block B, 35 Shots of Rum (a ritual in the title itself) is set in a superficially unattractive apartment complex. Read more »

They were expendable

Revisiting Miklós Jancsó's Cinemascope war ballads
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"Camera movement" doesn't even begin to describe the orchestral coordination of tracks, pans, tilts, zooms, and compositional dimensionality comprising Miklós Jancsó's boldly vertiginous 10-minute takes. Read more »