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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 8, 2004

    Chronicle of a Disappearance

    A rough but accurate gauge of national resilience: When dictators fall, how soon do filmmakers rise again? In the case of Argentina, the recovery was impressively quick.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 25, 2004

    Speak, Memory

    Not wanting to curse Charlie Kaufman with too much praise, I'm tempted to say that his nonexistent twin Donald is the best American screenwriter since Preston Sturges.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 11, 2004

    Adaptation

    So Mel Gibson has been persecuted all the way to the bank.

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  • Film February 26, 2004

    Blind Faith

    From the moment when Mel Gibson began promoting The Passion of the Christ--was it only ten years ago?--he has insisted that his goal was to be true to the Gospel text.

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  • Film February 12, 2004

    May Fools

    Bernardo Bertolucci has long fed off a cinephilia he appears to despise.

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  • Film January 28, 2004

    Europa, Europa

    Considered as a subset of the road movie, the post-Holocaust, return-to-Poland documentary has been a dismayingly static genre. Most of these films are journeys in only the physical sense.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 15, 2004

    The Hunt for Hussein

    About a third of the way through the long, long flashback that is Crimson Gold, someone mentions that the main character, Hussein, needs to work outdoors because of his claustrophobia.

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  • Film December 24, 2003

    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    An indispensable work of art, especially at this moment in our history, Errol Morris's new documentary declares its theme before you even step into the theater. The Fog of War, says

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 11, 2003

    Go East, Young Man!

    In one of his sunnier moods, Jean-Luc Godard might have tacked onto The Last Samurai the subtitle une étrange aventure de Tom Cruise.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 26, 2003

    Second Comings

    To the fleet of symbolic vehicles currently cruising the screen--their number includes the "Pussy Wagon" that Uma Thurman (in Kill Bill) coldly claims as her own--we may now add Benicio De

    Stuart Klawans