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NICO, 1988

“[In NICO, 1988, director] Susanna Nicchiarelli… takes us close to Nico’s tattered charisma, and to the haphazard rituals of her life, all to figure out what made her tick. Christa Päffgen [Nico] is running from her myth, yet she polishes it every time she drops a pensée like ‘I’ve been at the top, I’ve been at […]

VREELAND’S BEATON

Lisa Immordino Vreeland—director of documentaries about her grandmother-in-law Diana Vreeland, and Peggy Guggenheim—turns her eye to photographer, diarist, and set and costume designer Cecil Beaton in her new film LOVE, CECIL. Vreeland will be at the Nuart this week for a post-screening Q & A. LOVE, CECIL LISA IMMORDINO VREELAND Q & A, Friday, July 20, at 7:15 […]

BARRY LYNDON

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 […]

GRACE JONES

“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 […]

TOM OF FINLAND

“My aim is not to create an ideal but to draw beautiful men who love each other and are proud of it.” — Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland)* Uniforms, muscles, and same-sex abandon aside, a key component in the liberating force of Laaksonen’s art was the smiles his lumberjacks and leathermen exchanged while they went […]

KOGONADA’S COLUMBUS

To the list of modernist structures that have become cinematic characters in their own right—Casa Malaparte in Godard’s Le Mépris, Villa Necchi Campiglio in Luca Guadagnino’s Io sono l’amore—add the libraries, office buildings, churches, banks, and private homes designed by Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen, Myron Goldsmith, Deborah Berke, James Stewart Polshek, and Edward Bassett that provide sanctuary for […]

JODOROWSKY’S ENDLESS POETRY

“When I was [a young poet], I was not living in the present. I was living in the future, projecting the past in the future. Without being able to love, to be alive, because I was society’s ill. In order to get out of illness, I needed to live a lot.” — Alejandro Jodorowsky* At […]