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“I’ve believed that straying from structured acts of seeing can produce the strongest connection with an audience.” — RaMell Ross HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING—a lyrical, experimental documentation of lives in a small Alabama community, directed by RaMell Ross—will screen this week at the Downtown Independent. Following the film, Ross and Jheanelle Brown, co-curator of […]


Misunderstood in Great Britain and the States at the time of its release, BARRY LYNDON (1975) has always been appreciated by Europeans as a work of great beauty, director Stanley Kubrick’s journey into a Visconti-like wonderland. In the film, Lord Bullingdon is played by Leon Vitali, who quit acting to become Kubrick’s right-hand man. Vitali is […]


UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR / LET THE SUNSHINE IN—the brilliant new film from Claire Denis that is not, contrary to reports, based on Barthes’ Fragments d’un discours amoureux—has been held over until June 21. LET THE SUNSHINE IN, June 15 through June 21. LAEMMLE MONICA FILM CENTER, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica. Through June 14: LAEMMLE […]


“If the lights should go out, if the sound fails, I can still hold the audience. In the dark, without any trimmings. It’s a lonely place, but it’s a fascinating lonely place.” – Grace Jones Jones is in her sixties and she can’t understand why everyone nowadays goes to bed so early. Party-goers in New York […]


“Art doesn’t need interpretations. It has enough problems proving that it exists, that it still is legitimate. It’s all voracious cannibalization, cross-references, and cryptic connotations crying to be interpreted… Art history fronts for art, and often replaces it altogether. Everything is being historicized now that there is nothing left that’s worth historicizing, and the same […]


A star was born last spring at the COLCOA screening of DALIDA, a sweeping, big-screen biopic in the manner of Love Me or Leave Me, Lady Sings the Blues, and I’ll Cry Tomorrow. This week, Angelenos can see what the fuss was about in a series of Monday night screenings, courtesy of Laemmle. In the title role, […]


ENGLAND IS MINE (2017, directed by Mark Gill)—an Angry-Young-Man-of-the-North story—is a film of cool, quiet gray tones that holds great appeal in the midst of our endless Southern California heat wave. Jack Lowden—in the sort of role played so well by Tom Courtenay in the early 1960s—is Steven Patrick Morrissey. Except for a tantalizing fragment […]