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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 20, 2003

    ‘For the Monkey’

    When James Agee wrote in these pages sixty years ago, he often complained of the paltriness of this or that movie, as judged against the events of the day.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 6, 2003

    Dashboard Confessional

    A few years ago, when moviegoers in this country were just beginning to learn about Abbas Kiarostami, I heard a crowd of New Yorkers berate him for having put a snatch of Vivaldi onto a soundtr

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 19, 2003

    Apartheid: The Musical

    If you've never watched Nelson Mandela dance, then you should know that he does a modified Locomotion, pumping his elbows like pistons to the immense, loving amusement of his people.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 6, 2003

    Global Visions

    Since few of us at The Nation speak Thai, I'm going to refer to my favorite filmmaker of the month as Joe, which is the name actually used in this country by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 23, 2003

    The Eastern Front

    If Elia Suleiman's face were a cartoon, then the single short, white brush stroke dabbed into his black hair would perhaps be the beginning of a thought balloon, perpetually forming above the l

    Stuart Klawans


  • Film January 9, 2003

    The Year in Pictures

    Looking backward in the January chill, I feel my eyes shoot past the films of 2002 toward a movie made some thirty years ago: a picture by Martin Scorsese about violent, driven people in downto

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 17, 2002

    Polanski’s Holocaust

    I can think of no picture of recent years, other than Roman Polanski's The Pianist, that has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and yet stirred neither controversy nor excitement.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 5, 2002


    Even without the aid of Smell-o-Vision, Charlie Kaufman's bedroom comes across as dank.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 21, 2002

    Almodóvar’s World

    November has been melodrama month at the movies. First Todd Haynes brought us Far From Heaven, which he ought to have called Imitation of Imitation.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 14, 2002

    Renoir All Over Again

    Like a kid at an ice-cream counter, urging his friends to try the chocolate--like a writer of travel guides, warning tourists not to miss the Eiffel Tower--I come before you to praise Grand Il

    Stuart Klawans