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03.27.2014 | 21 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,...
01.29.2014 | 78 days ago | Posted at 09:05 AM

A Close Look at the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

By David Luhrssen
  Jason Sperb is not a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s something much better—an intelligent critic trying to discern what’s valuable and what’s not in Anderson’s body of cinematic work. In his close reading of the director, Blossoms & Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson (University of Texas Press), Sperb finds much to admi...
07.27.2013 | | Posted at 10:51 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Fellini, Antonioni and Visconti were dominant Italians on the international art house circuit in the '60s and '70s, but Italy's thriving movie industry knocked out scores of films in more populist genres. Spaghetti westerns, thanks to the success of Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, were the most familiar Italian exports in the U.S but horror and crime dramas also snuck ...

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