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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 October 28, 2004

    War Games

    In the players' handbooks that once circulated among commedia dell'arte troupes, the wandering actors of early modern Italy used to set down inventories of the lazzi, or comic turns

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 14, 2004

    In the Cut

    Throughout the four decades of his great career--which is the same thing as saying, throughout the history of filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa--Ousmane Sembene has switched back and forth between

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 30, 2004


    Fussing repetitively with a lock of blond hair, nervously flashing an incomplete set of front teeth, the figure on screen begins to cough up her "testimony" in the accents of a Southern trailer c

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 16, 2004

    Styles of Radical Will

    One of South America's most brilliantly talented filmmakers has made a political road movie: the story of a young man who sets out on a journey of discovery and self-discovery through his vast co

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 26, 2004

    Ashes of Time

    It was the perfect setup for an op-ed article: the release, between the Democratic and Republican conventions, of Alien vs.

    Stuart Klawans


  • Film August 12, 2004

    Bad Brains

    More than once in Jonathan Demme's reimagining of The Manchurian Candidate, a distraught Denzel Washington jabs at his skull and rasps, "They got in here." He means it literally.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 29, 2004

    Shadows and Smog

    I paid to see Will Smith fight legions of robots, and what I got was a trip back to Wabash Street.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 7, 2004

    Brief Encounter

    Like many intelligent women of advanced political beliefs, Celine detests the ideology of the soulmate.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 17, 2004

    By Way of Deception

    Not the judgment of film critics but the passage of time will decide whether Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 can change the world. Change, of course, is the whole purpose.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 3, 2004

    The Invisibles

    When you go to the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, you expect the screen to be a window onto the world.

    Stuart Klawans