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On Film Criticism #11: Boundaries

Artwork by Neven Udovičić Few films that purport to “blur the boundaries between fiction and reality” ever go beyond stating the fact that much of reality is fake or performative, and that, conversely, a lot of what we assume to be entirely artificial is in fact the most true. That cinema captures both the real and […]

Nathan Fielder’s Chaotic Good

On Nathan Fielder’s show The Rehearsal (photo Allyson Riggs/HBO) There’s a telling moment about halfway through the pilot of The Rehearsal, Nathan Fielder’s series for HBO Max, in which Kor, the episode’s middle-aged subject, compares Fielder to Willy Wonka. The remark is meant as a compliment, but it catches Fielder off guard. “Isn’t he the […]

Conscience Doth Make Cowards Of Us All

On Babak Anvari’s I Came By (2022) The hypocrisies of modern life, where all of us are complicit in the suffering and exploitation of others whether we choose to be or not, are not a new field of creative exploration for filmmakers (heard of Fight Club, anyone?). Beyond cinema, they have been a source of […]

The Rationale of Myth

On Satyajit Ray’s Devi (1960) “I’ll convince him! I have all the latest arguments at my fingertips,” boasts the cocky Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee), when his friend confesses that he wishes to marry a widow but is afraid of his father’s disapproval. Throughout Satyajit Ray’s Devi (1960), Umaprasad’s assurance and his ‘enlightened’ distance from his own […]

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