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  • March 11, 1999

    Too Many Cigarettes

    Monday: Screening of Garry Marshall’s The Other Sister, which seems to be about a goldfish.

    Stuart Klawans

  • March 11, 1999

    Montale as Couplet

    The publication of Jonathan Galassi’s translation and meticulous annotation of Eugenio Montale’s Collected Poems, 1920-1954 has been justifiably celebrated on both sides of the Atl

    Michael Mewshaw

  • March 4, 1999

    A Partisan’s Review

    In A Partisan View, one of the many memoirs in which score-settling refugees from the glory days of the anti-Stalinist, pro-Modernist quarterly bite each other on their kneecaps and thei

    John Leonard

  • March 4, 1999

    Kazan and the Bad Times

    Dalton Trumbo, a militant blacklisted screenwriter and novelist, commenting on the fifties struggle against government attempts to throttle the American left, said that in that battle there were

    Arthur Miller

  • March 4, 1999

    Touched by an Angel

    It’s characteristic of Erick Zonca’s extraordinary first feature, The Dreamlife of Angels, that we never learn how Isa got that scar across her right eyebrow.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • March 4, 1999

    Soul Survivor of Auschwitz

    During a wide-ranging conversation I had with Primo Levi in his home in Turin in the summer of 1985, two years before his death, I asked him what effect Auschwitz had on him as a writer.

    Gabriel Motola

  • March 4, 1999

    Screendance

    I grew up on dance films, although they weren’t known as such; they were called musicals.

    Valerie Gladstone

  • February 25, 1999

    Oscar Who?

    Although the producers of the Academy Awards ceremony like to boast that a billion people watch their broadcast, I take comfort in knowing that another 5 billion do not.

    Stuart Klawans

  • February 25, 1999

    Spice Grrrl

    On a trip to Russia in 1995 I was told by the young writers I met there that when a certain famed Soviet novelist returned to his native land, he was an offensive anachronism to them.

    Eileen Myles

  • February 25, 1999

    Remember the Alamo, Part II

    On the fourth of August last year in San Antonio, the Alamo rumbled.

    Bárbara Renaud González

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