Apocalypse Now (1979) – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2019-12-27T11:02:15+00:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

When I read three years ago that Vittorio Storaro had been chosen as the cinematographer for Apocalypse Now, I was shocked. Storaro, the lush Vogue-style photographer of Last Tango in Paris and The Conformist, for a picture that was being billed as the definitive epic about Viet­nam!

The Deer Hunter (1978) – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2019-11-11T23:14:53+00:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

I submit that, if we are going to be moved to thought and action by The Deer Hunter, it ought to be by the implications of its true subject: the limitations for our society of the traditions of male mystique, the hobbling by sentimentality of a community that, after all the horror, still wants the beeriness of “God Bless America” instead of a moral rigor and growth that might help this country.

Chaplin: History And Mystery

2019-12-09T00:36:23+00:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , |

The Tramp. The Little Fellow. Naturally the obituaries were full of those terms, full of references to the bowler-hatted, cane-swinging, corner-skidding outsider who had become one of the perdurable icons in the collective mind of the world. All true; still it’s not quite enough. Yes, the Tramp is now a deathless image. Yes, he made us laugh and cry and presumably always will.

‘The Godfather’ and the Decline of Marlon Brando – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2019-10-09T08:50:58+01:00March 2nd, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Hurricane Marlon is sweeping the country, and I wish it were more than hot air. A tornado of praise—cover stories and huzzahs—blasts out the news that Brando is giving a marvelous performance as Don Corleone in The Godfather, the lapsed Great Actor has regained himself, and so on. As a Brando-watcher for almost 30 years, I’d like to agree.

ACCATTONE: POET AND THE PIMP – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2018-02-08T13:05:59+00:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Accattone lives as a work of narrow but intense vision—a film about viciousness and criminality that evokes compassion. Its style is neorealist: it was made on locations, not in studios, with nonprofessional performers. Sometimes this method makes merely vernacular films, but it gives Accattone a grainy, gripping authenticity.

2001: A Space Odyssey: Lost in the Stars – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2019-11-19T23:21:36+00:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey took five years and $10 million to make, and it’s easy to see where the time and the money have gone. It’s less easy to understand how, for five years, Kubrick managed to concentrate on his ingenuity and ignore his talent.