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03.17.2014 | | Posted at 11:53 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Modernism was a prevailing cultural current for much of the last century. In Constellations of Genius: 1922 Modernism Year One (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Kevin Jackson insists on 1922 as the significant turning point. The British author rests his case on the publication that year of two seminal works, James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” ...
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
 It was meant as the non-arena show: Earlier this year, Morrissey chose to play the intimate, 1,800-seat auditorium of Hollywood High School after selling out the Staples Center the night before. Most of 25 Live was shot at the smaller venue, where the singer whose songs have affected his
10.27.2012 | | Posted at 08:47 AM
By David Luhrssen
  A love and deep knowledge of film informs some of the selections on Aurora, the second album by pianist Ran Blake and singer Sara Serpa. Discordant and wordless in its angst, the duo’s “Dr. Mabuse,” based on Konrad Elfer’s melody for Fritz Lang’s 1922 thriller Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, is both a tribute to a cinematic classic and a slightly daring gesture toward expanding the...
11.22.2010 | | Posted at 08:14 AM
By David Luhrssen
Fritz Lang’s monument in early science fiction, Metropolis (1927), never entirely made sense—until now. The versions seen since World War II were recovered from edited or censored copies. The story literally had holes. But in 2008, an almost complete print was discovered in a Buenos Aires archive, albeit tattered and faded. The twenty-five addition minutes found on those reels have been sequ...
02.21.2010 | | Posted at 08:45 AM

Jean-Luc Godard's Satire

By David Luhrssen
The worldwide acclaim of Breathless (1960) transformed film critic Jean-Luc Godard into the leading director of the French new wave and infante terrible of European art house cinema. Fascinated yet repelled by Hollywood, Godard approached the structure of Hollywood narrative movies with an eye for pushing cinema toward new horizons. In his mind, he may have been like a Renaissance painter who ju...
05.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Measured against a career studded with landmarks such as Metropolis, M, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Fury, Scarlet Street and The Big Heat, Fritz Lang�s Man Hunt was a minor effort. But the director�s 1941 movie, out now on DVD, was an important step in his Hollywood career, gaining the German refugee his footing in the New World and pointing the way, with its chases in a dark city set like a tr...