Michael Atkinson

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  • A sneak attack from the Italian jukebox hipsterlands of 1965, this neglected autopsy of modern showbiz culture would be a satire if it were funny -- instead, and despite a bouncy esprit radiating off star Stefania Sandrelli, the movie's...

  • At first blush the least Romanian of the Romanian New Wavers, Radu Jude's new film is in no way a steely-eyed, ultra-realist, uninflected working-class trudge, and the cranial wounds of Eastern European Communism are yet a gleam in the...

  • A dry–rubbed lark from the often harrowing ultra-realist territories of the Romanian New Wave, The Treasure is about almost nothing — a shaggy–dog daydream as flyaway as its protagonists' thoughts of instant wealth....

  • 1 month ago | Film and TV

    A dry-rubbed lark from the often harrowing ultra-realist territories of the Romanian New Wave, The Treasure is about almost nothing—a shaggy-dog daydream as flyaway as its protagonists' thoughts of instant wealth. Director Corneliu Porumboiu, whos...

  • The lost third man of classical Japanese cinema, Kenji Mizoguchi didn't bend the material to suit his vision, but curved his camera around each story's looping emotional landscape. You look at The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939),...

  • Like a sleeping giant we've only heard rumors about or a Tristero conspiracy haunting our peripheral vision, Jacques Rivette's New Wave Gargantua Out 1 (1971) has loomed out of sight for over forty years. At over 12.5 hours long, filthy...

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