Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jacques Rivette


May 2016

ALTHOUGH JACQUES RIVETTE was the first of the Cahiers du Cinéma critics to start making films (his first amateur short dates from 1949), he differed from his colleagues—Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, François Truffaut—in that… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

Robert J. Flaherty’s Moana with Sound


March 2016

“UNTIL RECENTLY,” anthropologist Jay Ruby wrote thirty-odd years ago, “the scholarship and popular press surrounding [Robert J.] Flaherty have tended toward two extremes—portraying him in mythical terms and ‘worshipping’ his films or debunking… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

Pedro Costa’s Horse Money


June 2015

Doctor: Has this happened to you before? Ventura: It will happen again, yes, it will.  TRYING TO RATIONALIZE Pedro Costa’s Horse Money in terms of a synopsis—the film is mostly an achronological assembly of claustrophobic tableaux with one … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

André Singer’s Night Will Fall


February 2015

DOOMED BY SHIFTING POSTWAR social and political agendas, the never-completed documentary German Concentration Camps Factual Survey—launched in April 1945 by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and shelved in September of that… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2015 [TOC]

Claude Lanzmann’s The Last of the Unjust


February 2014

THE LAST OF THE UNJUST, the latest of Claude Lanzmann’s footnotes and afterthoughts to his 1985 masterpiece, Shoah, functions even more than that earlier film as a dialectical palimpsest, so its successive layers—which remain in perpetual … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2014 [TOC]

Tragic Proportions

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Shoah and Night and Fog

December 2010

“THE HOLOCAUST is about six million people who get killed,” Stanley Kubrick reportedly said to screenwriter Frederic Raphael in the late 1990s. “Schindler’s List was about six hundred people who don’t.” One of the most striking things about… READ ON


Tony Tony Tony

Jonathan Rosenbaum on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

December 2009

TERRY GILLIAM’S AMBITIOUS FANTASY, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, set to open in the US on Christmas Day, already did well in some parts of Europe when it premiered there in October—notably Italy and the UK, where it placed third during… READ ON


Trial and Era

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Jim McBride

April 2009

A CONSIDERABLE PART of what’s most fascinating and enjoyable about Jim McBride’s early films is also what’s most dated and therefore forgotten about them. So it seems pertinent that McBride’s first two films, David Holzman’s Diary (1967) and… READ ON


The Sun Also Sets

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Nagisa Oshima

April 2009

NO MAJOR FIGURE IN POSTWAR JAPANESE CINEMA eludes classification more thoroughly than Nagisa Oshima. The director of twenty-three stylistically diverse feature films since his directorial debut in 1958, at the age of twenty-six, Oshima is, … READ ON


Never Too Late

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Carl Theodor Dreyer

March 2009

ONE REASON WHY it never seems like an inappropriate time to have a Carl Theodor Dreyer retrospective is that most of his films haven’t dated, even though reactions to his works have fluctuated quite a bit over the years. Based on my own … READ ON