Stanley Kauffmann

Stephen Hawking Turns 72 Today. This Documentary Shows Why That's Incredible.
January 08, 2014

Stephen Hawking turns 72 on January 8. TNR's Stanley Kauffmann reviews A Brief History of Time and reminds us that Hawking's life just might be as incredible as his work.

Half a Century at the Movies
From the writings of Stanley Kauffmann
November 09, 2013

The Silence, 1964

Stanley Kauffmann's Final Film Review
On 'Nicky's Family,' 'The Artist and the Model' and 'The Act of Killing'
November 08, 2013

Nicky’s Family is a Czech tribute (stirringly deserved) to Nicholas Winton, the Englishman who organized the rescue of mostly Jewish Czech children from Prague when the Nazis invaded. His organization has been active ever since in similar work.

Arrival of an Artist
April 10, 1961
October 09, 2013

At last. Michelangelo Antonioni is an Italian director who has just made his seventh film and who is so highly esteemed abroad that there has already been an Antonioni Festival in London.

A Jolly Good Fellini
July 13, 1963
October 09, 2013

Like most autobiographical works Federico Fellini's scintillating new film 8 ½ reveals something more than its author intended. Begin with the title.

A New Spielberg; and Others.
December 10, 1993
October 09, 2013

Steven Spielberg has made his own Holocaust museum.

Spielberg Revisited
January 24, 1994
October 09, 2013

If a film has genuine worth, it's more than one film. It changes with further viewings. The second time you see it, it's larger. This time you aren't "distracted" by the story, by discovering what happens next.

Getting Better
March 25, 1996
October 09, 2013

It's always fun to see a reliable old story smartly updated. This time it's the man and woman who are both in the news game, and this time of course it's the TV news game.

A Wry Requiem
March 24, 1997
October 09, 2013

Under the credits Kathleen Ferrier sings the haunting lament from Gluck's Orfèo. A man's voice says:I have to tell you that a very special little world has died and I am the designated mourner.

Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood': "This is Reddiwip writing"
January 22, 1966
September 30, 2013

Though In Cold Blood received near-universal praise upon publication—and is generally regarded as the first of its kind, a non-fiction novel—not every critic was immediately enamored of it.