Influential film critic Andrew Sarris, who helped introduce a generation of American moviegoers to Europe’s new wave of directors in the 1960s and ’70s, died last week at the age of 83. His works greatly heightened awareness of the role of the film director. In his famous 1962 essay “Notes on the Auteur Theory,” he bought the term “auteur” (originated by the pioneering French critics of Cahier du Cinema into the American vernacular). His 1968 book, “The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968,” brought attention to American studio directors and discovered the authorship of their works (a theory that never had been put forward before, since they were mainly employed as directors for hire). With contemporaries like Pauline Kael, with whom he famously feuded in print about a number of films, he championed such international directors as Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman, and Hollywood veteran directors such as Howard Hawks, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock. He also helped champion a new generation of filmmakers in the 1970s, including Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese.
Wilson (Craig Johnson, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars From Craig Johnson, director of the delightfully offbeat, tragicomic The Skeleton Twins, in 2014, comes Wilson, still offbeat and tragicomic, though far less delightfully so. Based on a series of comics … Continue reading
Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian writer-director with a knack for profound dramas (“About Elly”, “A Separation”, “The Past”), returns with “The Salesman”, another heartfelt story branded with uncomfortable dualities. The nature of this tale, set and shot in Tehran, will make … Continue reading
INTERVIEW with industry insider JAMIE LEE SMITH……..One Millennial. One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you impressions of not just films, but of … Continue reading