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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 March 22, 2000

  • 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.

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  • Film February 3, 2000

    The Original Valley Girl

    Bette Midler got her first starring role in the movies in 1979, playing the lead in The Rose, a thinly disguised biopic about Janis Joplin.

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  • Film January 27, 2000

    As Maine Goes, So Goes…

    Frederick Wiseman's latest film, Belfast, Maine, is having its New York premiere in the best possible setting, as the opening feature in a full retrospective of his work.

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  • Film January 20, 2000

    Rain Man

    In his novel A Flag for Sunrise, Robert Stone invents this old American saying: "Mickey Mouse will see you dead." I have spent many profitable hours mulling over that coinage; and I've con

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