Film: Best of 2002

Chrissie Iles


1. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson) Anderson’s razor-sharp direction incorporates artwork by Jeremy Blake and music by John Brion and Harry Nilsson.

2. Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov) In the longest single take in film history, Sokurov escorts us through thirty-three rooms in the Hermitage, past 867 actors and three orchestras, as though traversing his country’s history in a dream.

3. What’s the Time in Vyborg? (Liisa Roberts) Written with teenagers in the formerly Finnish town of Vyborg, Russia, Roberts’s film rebuilds this lost city through images of the present, as part of a larger project involving the restoration of Vyborg’s Aalto Library.

4. Empire (Paul Sietsema) An exploration of filmic and architectural space through three constructed interiors: a labyrinth, a Rococo room, and Clement Greenberg’s New York apartment.

5. Southeast Passage: A Journey to New Blank

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