Tony Pipolo

Universal Soldier

Tony Pipolo on Zachary Treitz’s Men Go to Battle

July 2016

NOTWITHSTANDING ITS SOMEWHAT GRANDIOSE and perhaps misleading title, Zachary Treitz’s Men Go to Battle is an earnestly conceived, modest achievement. The screenplay, cowritten by Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil, no doubt speaks for the lives of… READ ON

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After Life

Tony Pipolo on Tikkun

June 2016

THE HEBREW PHRASE TIKKUN OLAM literally means repair of the world. Strict Orthodox Judaism considers the term a call for “wiping out all forms of idolatry,” whereas contemporary, pluralistic Rabbis take it as a “commandment for people… READ ON

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Pope Star

Tony Pipolo on the 16th “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” at Film Society

May 2016

GIVEN THE DOWNBEAT TONE of much of the Italian cinema represented in this year’s Open Roads series, it may not be mere coincidence that several entries pay tribute to the benevolent social reformism espoused by Francis, the current Pope. … READ ON

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Jean-Marie Straub and Daničle Huillet

May 2016

Curated by Joshua Siegel Few filmmakers in cinema history adhered to so rigorous an aesthetic as husband-and-wife team Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. From 1963 until Huillet’s death in 2006, they turned literary, operatic, and … READ ON

PREVIEWS

Divide and Conquer

Tony Pipolo on Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands

April 2016

IF EVER A FILMMAKER’S life and work are a cri de coeur for psychological scrutiny, it is Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s. Both the title and chapter headings of Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands indicate that Danish director Christian Braad… READ ON

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Shades of Cool

Tony Pipolo on Hockney

April 2016

THE FACE IS ICONIC: a Capote puckishness flaunting a Warhol cool, eyes alert with faux innocence, starkly framed by round, oversized, black-rimmed glasses, which, like the ones worn by silent clown Harold Lloyd, could easily pass for fake; … READ ON

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Not I

Tony Pipolo on Ross Lipman’s Notfilm

April 2016

IN 1964, the great playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett began his only venture into cinema. The twenty-two-minute Film, as it was eventually titled, was a collaborative effort of formidable talents. Directed by Alan Schneider, the premiere… READ ON

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Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia

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April 2016

ALEXANDER SOKUROV’S new movie, Francofonia, is both exhilarating and profoundly ruminative. Although it is ostensibly about the threat that hung over the Louvre under the Nazi occupation, its subtitle, An Elegy for Europe, suggests a broader… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2016 [TOC]

A River Runs Through It

Tony Pipolo on “Imitations of Life: The Films of Douglas Sirk” at FSLC

December 2015

FOR THOSE STILL IMMUNE to the glories of Douglas Sirk’s cinema, the twenty-five-film retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (most in 35 mm) is a rare opportunity to see what they’ve been missing. Included are four films from… READ ON

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Going Klahr

Tony Pipolo on Lewis Klahr’s Sixty Six

December 2015

BASED IN LOS ANGELES, where he teaches film in the theater department at CalArts, Lewis Klahr is one of America’s most prolific avant-garde filmmakers. Drawn to narrative as well as short, lyrical “odes” of purely visual and audio … READ ON

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