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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 2, 1999

    Back to Beginnings

    Cheick Oumar Sissoko, who lives and works in Mali, has looked around and noticed that his fellow filmmakers in sub-Saharan Africa are few--"and due to our financial need (great with regard to our

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  • Film November 18, 1999

    The Heat in the Kitchen

    He poses like a tightrope walker, though one who's unexpectedly domestic and chubby.

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  • Film November 11, 1999

    Innocents Abroad

    When people label a film "great," the usual effect is to close off a discussion that ought to be opening.

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  • Film November 4, 1999

    Just a Cannes Job?

    Ever since Rosetta won the top prize at this year's Cannes festival, American journalists have puzzled over the jury's decision, or written it off as mere insolence.

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  • Film October 28, 1999

    Night of the Living Dead

    Sooner or later, there would have to be fireworks in Bringing Out the Dead.

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  • Film October 21, 1999

    Rough and Tumble

    Begin with a cluster of molecules in the void. The camera zooms away from them, sucking you back through some dim anatomical corridor.

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  • Film October 14, 1999

    Uneasy Riders

    What was it like in the sixties, wonders a dewy young woman in The Limey, speaking to Peter Fonda. Who better to ask?

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  • Film September 30, 1999

    Woman Off the Verge

    To die for art: No one takes the idea seriously anymore, and yet people do it every day.

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  • Film September 23, 1999

    The Boys of Summer

    To the list of movie characters who look back on their lives from the Beyond, add Lester Burnham, the 42-year-old, dead narrator of American Beauty. He is a murder victim--so it would seem

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  • Film September 16, 1999

    Adults Only

    Conventional wisdom has it that Americans stopped attending foreign films as soon as the domestic ones started featuring bare breasts. Convention, as usual, is too simple.

    Stuart Klawans