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What the Harlem Cultural Festival Represented
Questlove’s debut as a director, the documentary
Summer of Soul
, revisits a musical event that encapsulated the energies of Harlem in the 1960s.
July 27, 2021
Barry Jenkins’s American Saga
The Underground Railroad,
Jenkins focuses how people survived slavery rather than on its brutality.
July 16, 2021
Which Is the More Prescient Dystopia? ‘Gattaca’ or ‘Parable of the Sower’
Is it the 1997 film starring Ethan Hawke or is it Octavia E. Butler’s 1993 novel?
David M. Perry
July 14, 2021
The Collective Trauma in ‘Mare of Easttown’
Unlike a standard true crime show, the HBO series focuses less on the mystery at its center and more on the community that must bear its consequences.
June 23, 2021
Work in Progress
Making a film together, alone, on two continents, in two languages, in a pandemic.
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June 14, 2021
Raoul Peck’s World
Exterminate All the Brutes,
Peck offers a bold new history of colonialism and violence.
May 26, 2021
Rough Trade, Big City: The Legacy of ‘Midnight Cowboy’
Glenn Frankel’s new book explores the making of a film that has become almost synonymous with New York City.
April 30, 2021
Red Carpet at the Picket Line
As Hollywood’s aristocracy convened for the Oscars, laid-off hotel workers were protesting to get their jobs back.
April 29, 2021
The Caustic Grace of ‘French Exit’
This surreal “tragedy of manners” is a showcase for one of Hollywood’s most compelling actresses—Michelle Pfeiffer.
April 7, 2021
The Triumph of ‘Céline and Julie Go Boating’
Why Jacques Rivette’s 1974 film of female friendship and surrealism remains a masterpiece.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim