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  • The Long Absence

    The Long Absence

    Directed by Henri Colpi—editor of Alain Resnais’ first two features, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR and LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD—and coscripted by Marguerite Duras, this melancholy tone poem focuses on a woman who runs a workers’ cafe in a dingy Paris suburb and an amnesiac derelict she comes to believe is her long-lost husband, who apparently was deported to Germany during the war and may have died there. Decidedly pre-New Wave in its conventional narrative style, though attractively filmed in black-and-white ‘Scope, this picture, which won the grand prize at Cannes in 1961, is interesting today mainly as a haunting period piece. With Alida Valli and Georges Wilson.

  • Just Write

    Just Write

    A potentially charming, almost fairy-tale premise for a romantic comedy -- a Hollywood tour bus driver (Jeremy Piven) who cruises past the homes of celebrities meets a movie star (Sherilyn Fenn) and pretends to be a screenwriter, thus ushering him into a potential romance and a taste of the local high life -- progressively loses its air and becomes a mainly lugubrious experience because the script (by Stan Williamson) is so formulaic and threadbare. Andrew Gallerani, in his first feature…

Popular reviews

  • Barbie


    I have no current plans to see OPPENHEIMER and I’m already looking forward to seeing BARBIE a second time. What’s infuriating about the usual press shorthand for this duo — including The Economist‘s — is the assumption that the former is “realist” and “adult” whereas the latter must be “escapist” and “childish”. But what if the reverse is true?

  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Notes Toward the Devaluation of Woody Allen

    “Why are the French so crazy about Jerry Lewis?” is a recurring question posed by film buffs in the United States, but, sad to say, it is almost invariably asked rhetorically. When Dick Cavett tried it out several years ago on Jean-Luc Godard, one of Lewis’s biggest defenders, it quickly became apparent that Cavett had no interest in hearing an answer, and he immediately changed the subject as soon as Godard began to…