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Film news and analysis from The Nation
September 16, 2022
Godard Was Cinema
Was the French filmmaker the single most important individual in the history of cinema?
September 13, 2022
Michael Mann Returns to the Scene of the Crime
Why did the director, for his first novel, write a sequel of
September 6, 2022
Jordan Peele’s Extraterrestrial Americana
Telling a tale of cowboys, aliens, and Hollywood, the director’s third feature film,
, is his most successful cinematic spectacle to date.
August 25, 2022
“El Gran Movimiento” Is a Masterful Portrait of Capitalism at Work
Kiro Russo’s new film takes us to La Paz, following unemployed miners, mystics, and others hoping to find solace in the shadow of a rotten economy.
July 21, 2022
David Cronenberg’s Tableaux of Pain and Pleasure
His latest film,
Crimes of the Future
, continues a decades-long project to explore the limits of the body and the supposed rules of reality.
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July 11, 2022
The Rise of Bad Art and the Decline of Political Candor
Though the language of cliché has switched from the middle-class respectability of the 1950s to our current obsessions with “inclusion” and concern for the marginalized, the practice of washing our clean linen in public endures in our culture.
June 30, 2022
The Brutal Verisimilitude of “The Northman”
Robert Eggers’s latest work, a Viking epic, pushes his obsessive and detail-oriented filmmaking to its limit.
June 21, 2022
The World-Making Aesthetic of Hong Sangsoo
While he has long been seen as an apolitical filmmaker, his work is anything but. The auteur’s films engage with the dreams and contradictions of Korea like no other.
June 16, 2022
The “Wobblies” Documentary Reminds Us Why Bosses Are Still Scared of the IWW
The recently rereleased 1979 film can teach today’s workers how to throw their weight around.
May 10, 2022
China’s Battle for Cultural Power Begins at the Box Office
A conversation with Erich Schwartzel about the vexed relationship between Hollywood and Beijing, how movies became a vehicle for Chinese ideology, and his new book