Melissa Anderson

Re-Make/Re-Model

Melissa Anderson on “The Vertigo Effect” at BAMcinématek

April 2015

THE SINGULARITY OF Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958)—the passe-partout to unlocking the mystery of cinema’s powers to derange—has never been more eloquently articulated than in Chris Marker’s paradigmatic cine-essay Sans Soleil (… READ ON

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Simons Says

Melissa Anderson on Dior and I

April 2015

FRÉDÉRIC TCHENG has been affiliated with two of the more high-profile fashion documentaries of the past decade, both portraits of exceptionally outsize personalities in a profession rife with them. He served as coeditor of Matt Tyrnauer… READ ON

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Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria

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April 2015

“YOU CAN'T BE as accomplished as you are and as well-rounded as an actress as you are and still expect to hold on to the privileges of youth.” The admonishment is delivered by twenty-four-year-old Kristen Stewart to Juliette Binoche, age… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2015 [TOC]

Rough Cuts

Melissa Anderson on Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York

March 2015

ABEL FERRARA’S WELCOME TO NEW YORK—a thinly veiled recounting of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s infamous May 2011 stay at midtown Manhattan’s Sofitel Hotel in which only the names have been changed—begins with a lengthy disclaimer, and … READ ON

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Touch and Go

Melissa Anderson on She’s Lost Control

March 2015

SHE’S LOST CONTROL, writer-director Anja Marquardt’s first feature, clocks in at ninety minutes—which, coincidentally or not, is also the duration of a typical appointment with sex surrogate Ronah (Brooke Bloom), the film’s aspirational… READ ON

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Minnesota Nice

Melissa Anderson on Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

March 2015

ALTHOUGH ADORNED in a variety of distinct outfits—whether a thick cherry-red hoodie, an “office lady” uniform, or a motel-room bedspread repurposed as a poncho—the title character of David Zellner’s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter seems… READ ON

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Pardon My French

Melissa Anderson on the 20th “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema”

March 2015

CELEBRATING ITS TWENTIETH EDITION THIS YEAR, the “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema” series points to both the particular problems and pleasurable results of film curation based solely on national origin. As in previous installments, 2015… READ ON

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Fortune Teller

Melissa Anderson on Mike Nichols’s The Fortune in “Film Comment Selects”

February 2015

THE FORTUNE, Mike Nichols’s sixth film, reaped anything but when it was released in 1975. The commercial and critical failure of this 1920s-set romantic farce, which followed the similarly dismal performance of his previous movie, the … READ ON

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Grey for Pay

Melissa Anderson on Fifty Shades of Grey

February 2015

THE STAGGERING POPULARITY of E. L. James’s 2011 erotic novel and BDSM primer, Fifty Shades of Grey, particularly among a certain female demographic, gave rise to the condescending genre tag “mommy porn.” However disdainful the label … READ ON

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Snap, Crackle, Pop

Melissa Anderson on Stage Door and “Acteurism: Ginger Rogers” at MoMA

February 2015

WISECRACKS RICOCHET at breakneck speed at the Footlights Club, the women-only theatrical boardinghouse in Midtown Manhattan that is the center of Gregory La Cava’s brilliant sober comedy Stage Door (1937). (A typical exchange: “Is the … READ ON

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