A cluster of concepts that, before the seventies, had together formed the received idea of art and artists came under intense criticism in that decade.
Before I ask you to see Eternity and a Day, I'd better explain something about its director and co-screenwriter, Theo Angelopoulos.
Not only now but every week, I am reminded at two-minute intervals of the influence of Star Wars.
One afternoon in 1985, I rode in a taxi down Broadway with the physicist I.I. Rabi, discussing time and age.
On April Fool's Day 1989, Leonid Loktev changed without warning into another person.
Thanks to the genius of millions, who over the generations have created our language, we may speak of the most uncanny experience in terms that suit the most common.
Tom Waits is an imaginary hobo. He cruises the oddball corners of American pop culture, collecting the deft and moving and loopy short takes he sees and imagines there.
I coined the term "global brunch" several years ago after seeing a film of the Stravinsky-Cocteau Oedipus Rex as staged by Julie Taymor.
Hark! The squeal of the two-headed amphibian. Mating season must have begun.
After we admit that all historical circumstances are specific and all sufferings absolute--that Serbian "police" are not Nazis and ethnic Albanians not Jews (and NATO forces cannot be compared p