Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Movie Review: Maniac


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Satire, serious, or schlock? That was the question playing through my mind during Maniac, director Franck Khalfoun’s remake of William Lustig’s remarkable 1980 film that mixed the serial killer and slasher genres during the nascency of slasher films.

Édouard Manet: Portrait of Antonin Proust

Manet: Portraying Life — An Interview with Curator Lawrence W. Nichols


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As I pursued my research into Manet, I discovered that MaryAnne Stevens of the Royal Academy was also planning an exhibit devoted to Manet. That was in 2008 and we decided to work together on a joint exhibition. The two of us showed-up on the doorstep of museums, world-wide, to explain our plans.

Movie Review: The Man with the Iron Fists


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The Man with the Iron Fists is nothing if not enthusiastic, its narrative fits and starts punctuated with glorious kung fu and layered with bright pinks and delicate silks. Set in nineteenth century China (and filmed entirely in and around Shanghai), it tells the tale of a freed slave who flees America and becomes the blacksmith in a small town in China.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: High Sierra, #52


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Before High Sierra, Hollywood’s gangsters were not just black-and-white on celluloid; they were equally definitive in their morality—or, rather, immorality. There was nothing sympathetic about Paul Muni as Tony Camonte in Scarface and no doubt where James Cagney’s Tom Powers stood in The Public Enemy. This movie, a star vehicle for Humphrey Bogart, helped change all that.