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Saint Omer Review - 2022 Alice Diop Movie Film

London Film Festival Review: Alice Diop’s ‘Saint Omer’

“‘Saint Omer’ isn’t a film that looks at gendered and racial dynamics in the courtroom; it’s a film that looks at the ideological puppet strings that define those gendered and racial dynamics beyond immediate visibility.”

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Review - 2022 Laura Poitras Documentary

London Film Festival Review: Laura Poitras’ ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’

“Poitras avoids melodrama, catharsis and sensationalism in ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed.’ The result is acutely devastating.”

Araya Movie Essay - 1959 Margot Benacerraf Film

A Film Arising from the Sea and the Sand: ‘Araya’ at Cinema Rediscovered

“Given Araya’s small-scale origins in a country without a major film industry, it remains a fascinating testament to both the lives of the peninsula’s inhabitants and the film’s own creation.”

Cinema Rediscovered Movie Essay - Baby Face

Pre-Code Prime Cuts: Women-Led Films at Cinema Rediscovered

Cinema Rediscovered Essay by Fedor Tot | Women-Led Films of the 1930s | Jewel Robbery (1932) | Red-Headed Woman (1932) | Baby Face (1933)

Hugo Fregonese Movie Essay - Black Tuesday Film

Vagabond Noirs and Tramp Westerns: The Films of Hugo Fregonese at Il Cinema Ritrovato

“Hugo Fregonese is a director ripe for rediscovery.”

Tony Arzenta Movie Essay - 1973 Duccio Tessari Film (No Way Out)

Il Cinema Ritrovato: ‘Tony Arzenta’ and Recanonizing Italian Genre Cinema

“Do some films get ignored because they are unavailable or do they get ignored because they aren’t that good to begin with? This is precisely where I stand with ‘Tony Arzenta.'”

Showgirls and Mulholland Dr. Movie Essay

Blonde Ambition: ‘Showgirls’ and ‘Mulholland Dr.’ as Two Sides of the Same Coin

“Nomi of ‘Showgirls’ and Betty of ‘Mulholland Dr.’ seem to be communicating with each other across space and time, from entirely different films yet resolutely from within the same universe.”

Mariner of the Mountains Movie Review - 2021 Karim Aïnouz Film

Review: Karim Aïnouz’s ‘Mariner of the Mountains’

“A sense of unfulfilled longing characterizes ‘Mariner of the Mountains,’ and results in a film in which everything is tantalizingly incomplete, the way many lives are.”

Coach to Vienna Movie Essay - 1966Karel Kachyna Film

‘Coach to Vienna’ and the Muddied Waters of History

“The power of ‘Coach to Vienna’ today rests in its mythic quality. The crux of the story may well be placed in the ‘real,’ but the affect of the mise-en-scène is that of a murderous fable.”

Carole Lombard Essay - 2022 Berlinale No Angels Retrospective

Berlinale 2022: ‘No Angels’ Retrospective and Carole Lombard

“Carole Lombard’s performances — even when placed in manic films such as ‘Twentieth Century’ — are so often understated that you barely even notice half of the choices made.”

Rimini Movie Review - 2022 Ulrich Seidl Film

Berlinale Review: Ulrich Seidl’s ‘Rimini’

“By dint of the fact that ‘Rimini’ showcases such a vast gulf between performance and direction, Seidl’s return to fictional filmmaking is, if nothing else, hugely interesting.”

Assault Interview - 2022 Adilkhan Yerzhanov Movie

Interview with ‘Assault’ Director Adilkhan Yerzhanov

‘Assault’ Interview: Fedor Tot discusses the 2022 film with filmmaker Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

The Last Ride of the Wolves Movie Review - 2022 Alberto De Michele Film

IFFR Review: Alberto De Michele’s ‘The Last Ride of the Wolves’

“More moralistic viewers might question if ‘The Last Ride of the Wolves’ is in reality glamorizing these men, but I think Di Michele is a couple of steps ahead, both embracing that glamorization and distancing the audience from it.”

Reconciliation 2021 Documentary - Film Review

Sarajevo Film Festival Review: Marija Zidar’s ‘Reconciliation’

“‘Reconciliation’ exists in a curious middle ground, stuck between the effectiveness of its craft and touching, humanist storytelling and the wider narrative desires that pull both artists and audiences to these stories.”

No Place Like Home Movie Film

Cinema Rediscovered: ‘No Place Like Home’

“For a film completed in fits and starts over so many years, there’s a remarkable intellectual coherence to ‘No Place Like Home.'”

The Story of a Three-Day Pass Movie Film

Cinema Rediscovered: ‘The Story of a Three-Day Pass’

“The cultural energy of the French New Wave is all over ‘The Story of a Three-Day Pass,’ not least because Van Peebles moved to Paris with his young family and published four novels in French as he was learning the language.”

Quo vadis, Aida? Movie Film

Why Criticism: The Difficulties of Depicting Genocide in ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and ‘La Llorona’

“Roger Ebert once wrote ‘it’s not what a film is about, it’s how it is about it,’ and it’s this phrase that I usually return to when thinking about cinema that deals with humanity’s worst impulses.”

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Movie Film

A Wild Ride in the Bullpen: How a Young Pedro Almodóvar Upended Genre and Gender

“For all the praise showered on Almodóvar’s later work, it lacks the wildness, freshness and exuberance of his 80s filmography, which often feels unfairly overlooked as a result.”

Antonio Banderas in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Antonio and Almodóvar

Fedor Tot on Pedro Almodóvar’s Collaborations with Antonio Banderas

Betty - Will Anderson Short Film

Encounters Film Festival: ‘Betty’ and the Failed Romance Movie

“‘Betty,’ through the simplest of guises — bare-bones animation, a bit of music and a wry, haphazard director’s commentary — is an impressive feat of doing a lot with extremely little.”