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Stuart Klawans

Film Critic

Winner of the National Magazine Award for his film reviews for The Nation, Stuart Klawans is author of the books Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order (a finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Awards) and Left in the Dark: Film Reviews and Essays, 1988-2001. When not on deadline for The Nation, he contributes articles to The New York Times, Parnassus: Poetry in Review and other publications.


  • Film December 16, 2004

    Howard’s End

    Martin Scorsese's The Aviator overlays three legends, all of them made of celluloid.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 2, 2004

    Godard’s Inferno

    Michelangelo and Ulysses came home from the war with knapsacks bulging, bearing the reward for hardships suffered and inflicted. "We promised you the world," the soldiers boasted to their wives.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 11, 2004

    Dark Habits

    As times change, so do the questions that a movie prompts.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 28, 2004

    War Games

    In the players' handbooks that once circulated among commedia dell'arte troupes, the wandering actors of early modern Italy used to set down inventories of the lazzi, or comic turns

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 14, 2004

    In the Cut

    Throughout the four decades of his great career--which is the same thing as saying, throughout the history of filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa--Ousmane Sembene has switched back and forth between

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  • Film September 30, 2004

    iCinema

    Fussing repetitively with a lock of blond hair, nervously flashing an incomplete set of front teeth, the figure on screen begins to cough up her "testimony" in the accents of a Southern trailer c

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 16, 2004

    Styles of Radical Will

    One of South America's most brilliantly talented filmmakers has made a political road movie: the story of a young man who sets out on a journey of discovery and self-discovery through his vast co

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 26, 2004

    Ashes of Time

    It was the perfect setup for an op-ed article: the release, between the Democratic and Republican conventions, of Alien vs.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 12, 2004

    Bad Brains

    More than once in Jonathan Demme's reimagining of The Manchurian Candidate, a distraught Denzel Washington jabs at his skull and rasps, "They got in here." He means it literally.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 29, 2004

    Shadows and Smog

    I paid to see Will Smith fight legions of robots, and what I got was a trip back to Wabash Street.

    Stuart Klawans