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03.27.2014 | 117 days ago | Posted at 10:48 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Film scholar David Andrews makes many arguments in his latest book and the central one is provocative: there is no such genre as “art film” or “art house,” just a set of subjective (and often dubious) signifiers by which a film (or anything else, a Brillo box?) is labeled as “art” in a culture that segregates art from everything else. Theorizing Art Cinemas: Foreign,...
01.21.2014 | | Posted at 09:53 AM

The Next Generation at the American Film Institute

By David Luhrssen
  The American Film Institute has long organized forums for filmmakers to discuss their work. The results occasionally find their way to print. Edited by George Stevens, Jr. and out now in paperback, Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation from the 1950s to Hollywood Today encompasses discussions that took place from the ...
10.28.2010 | | Posted at 08:36 AM
By David Luhrssen
Madness has always fascinated Werner Herzog, but the insanity of the German director�s newest film almost resembles the work of its producer, David Lynch. The elliptical My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done (out now on DVD) even features a dwarf in a tuxedo! Michael Shannon (currently starring in HBO�s �Boardwalk Empire�) plays a psychotic young actor who kills his intrusive mother with a sword and ho...
07.21.2010 | | Posted at 09:26 AM

Italian Art House Mystery

By David Luhrssen
It�s not just the body of a teenage girl found near the water that will remind some of us of �Twin Peaks.� The Italian film The Girl bythe Lake (out on DVD) unfolds in a small town nestled amid mountains and woods, an idyllic setting for a mysterious crime. Like Agent Cooper in �Twin Peaks,� the outside police investigator sent to the remote village finds much sordidness and suspicion beneath ...
05.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Like so many other Danger Mouse albums, Dark Night of the Soul arrives with a back story that's nearly as interesting than the music. Danger Mouse�s collaboration with Sparklehorse and director David Lynch was marketed like a blockbuster movie, with mysterious, film-noir-inspired posters playing up Lynch�s involvement in the project and flaunting its roster: The Flaming Lips, James Mercer, Suzanne...

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