Nick Pinkerton

Going Nuclear

Nick Pinkerton on Peter Watkins's The Journey

January 2017

ONE OF THE SCORES of interviewees offering their opinions on nuclear proliferation in Peter Watkins’s The Journey (1987) is a middle-aged Mexican woman in Guadalajara who implores that the presidents of powerful nations might link hands to … READ ON

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Port Authority

Nick Pinkerton on Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy

January 2017

MARCEL PAGNOL’S MARSEILLES TRILOGY—Marius (1931), Fanny (1932), and César (1936)—is one of the most beloved works of early French sound cinema, though it might be more accurate to call its true country of origin Provence. A region as distinct… READ ON

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Business as Usual

Nick Pinkerton on Toni Erdmann

December 2016

HENRY JAMES’S DESCRIPTION of certain doorstop-size nineteenth-century novels—the “large, loose, baggy monster”—applies pretty well to Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, a downbeat comic study of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship that comes… READ ON

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Sin City

Nick Pinkerton on Martin Scorsese at the Museum of the Moving Image

December 2016

GEORGE LUCAS IS BUSY DESIGNING his Museum of Narrative Art, a Xanadu for his legacy. Francis Ford Coppola is now a gray gentleman vintner with a sideline in independent films. William Friedkin pungently adapts Tracy Letts stage plays when … READ ON

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The Eyes Have It

Nick Pinkerton on “The Genre Terrorist: Lucio Fulci”

October 2016

THE GENRE DIRECTOR LUCIO FULCI, though a deity for the average Chiller Theatre conventioneer, is probably best known to the wider world for directing the underwater struggle between a zombie and a shark that was used in a commercial for … READ ON

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It’s All Over

Nick Pinkerton on Edward Yang’s The Terrorizers

October 2016

EDWARD YANG DIED IN 2007, aged fifty-nine, after a long bout with cancer that cost him his opportunity to follow up on his international breakthrough, Yi Yi (2000). By any measure this would be a tragedy, and I am sometimes convinced that … READ ON

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Marlen the Magician

Nick Pinkerton on Marlen Khutsiev at MoMA

October 2016

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. At ninety-one, filmmaker Marlen Khutsiev will be paying a visit to the Museum of Modern Art, presenting a program of his life’s work in cinema, largely unknown to audiences outside of the former Soviet Bloc, though … READ ON

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Back and Forth

Nick Pinkerton on “Desperate Hours: The Films of Michael Cimino”

October 2016

IT WAS PERHAPS INEVITABLE that a Michael Cimino retrospective would pop up in the wake of the filmmaker’s death at age seventy-seven in June, but something along the lines of BAMcinématek’s nine-film Cimino series might very well been in the… READ ON

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Breaking the Waves

Nick Pinkerton on Wavelengths at the Toronto International Film Festival

September 2016

WHILE MOST FILM FESTIVALS can’t be accurately encapsulated in anything close to comprehensive fashion, summing up the Toronto International Film Festival would be next to impossible. Founded a year before the Blue Jays, in 1976, as the Festival… READ ON

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Wise Guy

Nick Pinkerton on “Woman with a Movie Camera” at Anthology Film Archives

September 2016

ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ—then just plain Alice Guy—was working as a secretary for Léon Gaumont’s photographic equipment company when the boss received an invitation to an event hosted by Auguste and Louis Lumière, two brothers from Lyon, set for … READ ON

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