Geoffrey O’Brien

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Geoffrey O’Brien on Alexander Mackendrick

February 2013

IN THE AUTEURIST heyday of the early ’60s, when you could still rush out to see the new John Ford or the new Raoul Walsh alongside the new Godard or the new Antonioni, the American-born, Scottish-bred director Alexander Mackendrick was a … READ ON

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Alexander Mackendrick

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September 2005

IN THE AUTEURIST heyday of the early ’60s, when you could still rush out to see the new John Ford or the new Raoul Walsh alongside the new Godard or the new Antonioni, the American-born, Scottish-bred director Alexander Mackendrick was a … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2005 [TOC]

Made in Hong Kong: The Films of Shaw Brothers Studio

September 2004

AT THE DAWN OF THE 1960S, on the shore of Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay, a world capital of sorts came into being: Movietown, the production center of the seemingly unbeatable Shaw Brothers Ltd., a company that had parlayed a movie-theater … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2004 [TOC]

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FILM: Best of 2003

December 2003

GEOFFREY O’BRIEN  1. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood) Dennis Lehane’s dense and tragic saga is pared down and filmed with unerring tone and timing.  2. The Flower of Evil (Claude Chabrol) Chabrol’s fiftieth, recombining favorite elements… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2003 [TOC]

Gus Van Sant’s Elephant

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September 2003

WHEN GUS VAN SANT’S ELEPHANT was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes last May, it was taken by some Americans on the scene as a backhanded gesture. At a festival haunted by echoes of European-American tensions over the war in Iraq it was … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2003 [TOC]

Geoffrey O’Brien on The Man Without a Past

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May 2003

“MY HEAD’S DAMAGED somehow. I don’t even remember who I am.”  “My, that’s bad. Care for a cup of coffee?”  This snatch of dialogue sums up quite well the clipped and unflappable tone of Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki’s … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2003 [TOC]

Past Perfect: Todd Haynes

November 2002

In anticipation of the release this month of Far from Heaven, TODD HAYNES’s eagerly awaited homage to Douglas Sirk, GEOFFREY O’BRIEN visited the director at his home in Portland, Oregon, where they discussed Haynes’s canny redeployment… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2002 [TOC]

Noblesse Obliged: Geoffrey O’Brien on Eric Rohmer

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May 2002

THAT ERIC ROHMER, NOW EIGHTY-TWO, should embark on a technically innovative film set during the French Revolution underscores the quiet experimentalism of his filmmaking, an experimentalism sometimes indistinguishable from a return to the … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2002 [TOC]

PROSE AND CONS: PAULINE KAEL

March 2002

Pauline Kael, the New Yorker’s film critic from 1968 until 1991 (save for a brief hiatus in 1978, when she took a short-lived job at a Hollywood studio), died on September 3, 2001. With all of the predictable eulogizing behind us, we asked… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2002 [TOC]

The Man Who Wasn’t There

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September 2001

IN MICHAEL POWELL’S 1946 fantasy A Matter of Life and Death, the celestial messenger who shuttles between a monochrome afterlife and a color-saturated mortal sphere remarks: “One is starved for Technicolor up there.” Now that all movies… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2001 [TOC]