PRINT December 2000


Kent Jones


1. The House of Mirth (Terence Davies) Davies’s mesmerizing Wharton adaptation is as physically and emotionally precise a film as I’ve seen in years.

2. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr) Passionate, mournful, gorgeous, and genuinely visionary.

3. Les Destinées sentimentales (Olivier Assayas) Another literary adaptation (from Jacques Chardonne), and one of the director’s most personal films: a devastating meditation on time and identity, made with the lightest touch.

4. L’origine du XXlème siècle ( Jean-Luc Godard) Godard’s first completed work of the new century wonders where the old one could have gone. A heartbreaker.

5. Arbor Vitae (Nathaniel Dorsky) and Time and Tide (Peter Hutton) New films from “two of the greatest silent filmmakers of the sound era,” as independent curator Mark McElhatten put it.

6. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai) A work of consummate artistry.

7. Fah Talai

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