The Subtle Suspense of the Sundance Channel's 'Rectify'
April 23, 2013

A striking alternative to the frenetic violence on other networks.

'Top of the Lake' is an Engaging Misstep
April 01, 2013

Why Jane Campion's turn to television isn't a complete success, while David Mamet's was.

Kauffmann: Werner Herzog Goes Back Into the Cave
May 05, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams Sundance Selects Octubre New Yorker Films A Screaming Man Film Movement He took a mouthful of colored liquid. He put his palm on the great rock. Then he sprayed his hand with the liquid in his mouth and left the hand’s outline on the rock. And there I saw it, seventeen thousand years later. It was in the prehistoric Lascaux cave in south-central France, back in the last century, when visitors were allowed. All around me were overwhelming paintings of animals, paintings almost frightening in both their quality and their age.

Stanley Kauffmann on Films: States of Being
March 17, 2011

Certified Copy Sundance Selects In a Better World Sony Pictures Classics My Perestroika International Film Circuit The wondrous Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has made his first fiction feature outside Iran. Not only is it set in the West—in Italy—but the dialogue is in Italian, French, and English. First-rank film-makers are not always at their best away from home (Renoir and Antonioni in America, Bergman in Germany), but Certified Copy is authentically the work of the man who made Through the Olive Trees and Taste of Cherry. This is pleasantly surprising.

Toto, We’re Not in Cannes Anymore
December 15, 2010

Last week, I attended the Marrakech Film Festival. I had never been to a film festival before, but the experience was in some ways no different from what I had imagined about Cannes or Sundance, albeit with a somewhat lower glamour quotient. The opening gala, complete with red carpet and paparazzi, was staged in a swanky convention hall surrounded by five-star hotels. The requisite stars made appearances: Jury chairman John Malkovich spoke acceptable French to his TV interviewer, while Keanu Reeves, displaying some alarming facial hair, didn’t bother to try.

Faith and Works
March 13, 2010

Lourdes Palisades Tartan   Harlan--In the Shadow of “Jew Süss” Zeitgeist Films   The Art of the Steal Sundance Selects   Catholic churches are where Catholic people go to pray. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is where Catholic people go for miracles. When I was a schoolboy, a Catholic classmate of mine had a sister with a malformed foot. Their parents, working-class people, were saving scrupulously for a trip to Lourdes, hoping for a miracle to heal their daughter’s foot.