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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 May 3, 2000

    Circus Minimus

    According to Gibbon, the emperor Commodus spent the early years of his reign "in a seraglio of three hundred beautiful women and as many boys, of every rank and of every province." Later, adding

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  • Film April 27, 2000

    On Tyson vs. Downey

    I was watching Mike Tyson knock Robert Downey Jr. to the floor when the thought popped into my head, "Is this what I want from a movie?" It was a pressing question.

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  • Film April 20, 2000

    Final Cut on Final Solution?

    Since you presumably know the basics about the Holocaust--if you don't, I would suggest that a movie review is no place to learn them--I will jump to the main question about The Specialist

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  • Film April 13, 2000

    Semper Fi, But Why?

    Were I to tell you that Rules of Engagement features a protracted fistfight between Samuel L.

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  • Film April 5, 2000

    He Took a Village

    In the role of New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell--source and subject alike of Joe Gould's Secret--Stanley Tucci adopts the hesitant drawl of a displaced Southern aristocrat, who goe

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  • Film March 30, 2000

    Legionnaire’s Disease

    If you squint long enough at Claire Denis's amazing Beau Travail--you'll have to squint, given the African sunlight--you will make out the faint contour of a story.

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  • Film March 16, 2000

    Independents’ Day

    The most important day in the history of American independent film was May 8, 1947, which witnessed the opening of a picture so personal--no, so heedlessly self-revelatory--that viewers today sti

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  • Film March 9, 2000

    Planetary Realignments

    Last night a teenager killed himself below my bedroom window. I heard it happen: first a crescendo of police sirens coming up the avenue at two in the morning, then a crash.

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  • Film March 2, 2000

    On Leo, Gio and Tobey

    It's a sign of age: Mention 1985, and I will sometimes think you're talking about last year.

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