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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 May 15, 2003

    Magnificent Obsessions

    This week, all true movie lovers will rush to see a violent and fantastic special-effects thriller, in which a character endowed with uncanny powers rips through the veil of illusion that is no

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 1, 2003

    Kurdish Delight

    International cinema has an irresistible new pair of reprobates: middle-aged brothers who can do no right in their lives and no wrong before the camera.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film April 3, 2003

    Death in Helsinki

    OK, let's say that life goes on.

    Stuart Klawans

  • 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

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  • 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