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On Film Criticism #13: Consensus

Artwork by Neven Udovičić Any list of the best films of all time suggests the idea of consensus. Yet so much of creativity, both in terms of writing for the journalists voting in polls, and for the filmmakers who make the films being voted for, is about resisting consensus to instead find what it is they…

Silent Night

On Charles Vanel’s Dans la nuit Charles Vanel was one of the most prolific French actors of his or any time. His career spanned more than 75 years (1910 to 1988) and comprises nearly 200 credits, though he is perhaps best known for his role in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterpiece The Wages of Fear (1953). His…

“We, In Some Strange Power’s Employ…”

On Samuel R. Delany’s The Orchid Writer and philosopher Samuel R. Delany has long envisioned a utopia, stemming from the unique potential of cities as sites of radical egalitarian communion. A constellation of concrete, glass and humanity that’s like a counterpoint to what has, typically, been prophesied by the thoroughfare of science fiction. A ‘bright’…

“If you love me, you’ll do it”

On Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers and Barbara Loden’s Wanda At its heart, The Honeymoon Killers is a love story. This heart is black, and this love story twisted — defined by manipulation and violence more than anything else — but director Leonard Kastle goes to great pains to continually stress the love that binds…

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