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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 31, 2005

    Gangs of Shanghai

    The scene is Shanghai, or Busby Berkeley's dream of it: a Chinese city of the 1930s, teeming on the outskirts with rickety tenement compounds, bustling in its business district with clanging st

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  • Film March 16, 2005

    Tipsy Turvy

    Like a melodrama or a political tract--genres it sometimes resembles, in an honorable way--Jonathan Nossiter's documentary Mondovino has a villain you can hiss at.

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  • Film March 3, 2005

    Rock the Casbah

    What might it mean to call a film indispensable? Perhaps not much. At base level, we'd merely be asserting that other films (maybe the vast majority) are candidates for the garbage heap.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 17, 2005


    About two-thirds of the speaking characters in Constantine are either demons or angels.

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  • Film February 3, 2005

    My Life as a Man

    I've heard Argentines say that Buenos Aires is more densely populated by psychoanalysts than anyplace else in the world.

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  • Film January 20, 2005

    Blood Simple

    Half a century has passed since Manny Farber wrote in these pages about underground films, by which he meant the urban crime movies watched by male loiterers near the Greyhound station, in theate

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 6, 2005

    Before Night Falls

    The Chilean coup of 1973 was carried out with a Lone Ranger comic book, a bicycle and several cans of condensed milk.

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  • Film December 16, 2004

    Howard’s End

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

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  • 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