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Young Adults Get to Grow Up

Young Adults Get to Grow Up

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Over the past 10 years, French director Philippe Garrel’s work has finally achieved steady, even if marginal US distribution. He made his first short 50 years ago, but it took him decades to get any kind of serious recognition outside France. To some extent, that can be explained by the non-narrative […]

For Your Consideration  

For Your Consideration   

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Portuguese director Joaquim Pinto’s documentary “What Now? Remind Me” speaks for itself: “We talk about lives, about experiences.” These words come from his recollection of an appearance at Lisbon’s Cinematheque, but they sum up his autobiographical film’s approach. “What Now? Remind Me” chronicles a year in the HIV-positive filmmaker’s life, during […]

Leave Nothing Behind

Leave Nothing Behind

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The gay Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses, who died at age 79 in 2010, is the subject of a fascinating documentary, “Fifi Howls From Happiness.” The film is named after one of Mohasses’ paintings — arguably his favorite, one he carried to many exhibitions. Most of his work, he explains in […]

A Preston Sturges Gem from the Attic

A Preston Sturges Gem from the Attic

BY DAVID NOH | No one wrote women better than Preston Sturges. Whether it was delectable Nancy Carroll’s Brooklyn dance hall hostess who winds up on Park Avenue in “Child of Manhattan”; the dual role of princess and commoner that Sylvia Sidney, given a glorious reprise from tenement weepers, played in the charming “Thirty Day […]

Gay Men Coming Together

Gay Men Coming Together

BY GARY M. KRAMER | NewFest, the New York LGBT Film Festival, runs this weekend and through Tuesday, and three of its more provocative films zero in on gay men’s sexuality and the sex they have. “I Always Said Yes” (July 28, 9 p.m.) is Jim Tushinski’s affectionate portrait of gay erotic art filmmaker Wakefield […]

Fantastical World Shines in Style, Then Dims

Fantastical World Shines in Style, Then Dims

BY STEVE ERICKSON | French director Michel Gondry, best known for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and his music videos, has an aesthetic one could call un-naturalism. He’s made two documentaries, one of which turned a feature-length conversation with Noam Chomsky into animation. Gondry’s latest film, “Mood Indigo,” is adapted from a novel by […]

Communication and Connection 

Communication and Connection 

BY GARY M. KRAMER | NewFest, the city’s LGBT film festival, runs July 24-29 and showcases New York premieres of many worthwhile LGBT films. In this issue and the next, Gay City News highlights some of the standouts from the schedule of screenings. On July 24 at 7:30 p.m., out filmmaker Karim Aïnouz will receive the […]

Imperishable Vamps

Imperishable Vamps

BY DAVID NOH | The mesmerizing world of film noir offers the perfect dark, cool respite from summer’s heat and, starting July 18, Film Forum presents “Femmes Noir” (209 W. Houston St., through Aug. 7, filmforum.org). It’s a comprehensive run-down of titles featuring Hollywood’s most iconic actresses being alluring, mysterious, treacherous and even downright murderous. […]

Seeking a Dog’s Life

Seeking a Dog’s Life

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Closed Curtain” opens and closes with lengthy, mostly static shots of barred doors. That’s fitting for a filmmaker — Iranian director Jafar Panahi — living under house arrest and officially banned from his craft. Despite this sentence, “Closed Curtain,” co-directed by Kambozia Partovi, is the second “non-film” he’s made under these […]

Growing Up in Real Time

Growing Up in Real Time

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The late French critic Serge Daney praised Eric Rohmer’s “The Green Ray” by saying its greatness lay in the way it created a unique sense of duration. The same is true of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” I’ve never seen a film paced quite the same way. Especially in its first half, which […]

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