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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 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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  • Film February 23, 2000

    Dog Days

    The first thing Jim Jarmusch asks you to do in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is to look up and down.

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  • Film February 16, 2000

    Craven Idolatry

    For someone who misspent his youth in film societies and revival houses, where mushrooms develop more readily than social skills, a job as a movie reviewer wonderfully eases the burden of small t

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  • Film February 10, 2000

    To Her, With Love

    I like a filmmaker who walks you into a story.

    Stuart Klawans