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The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
By: GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007


Yankee know-how

Telluride’s new American wave?
Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  September 12, 2007


Midnight paparazzo?

Delirious over Delirious; plus underground
Midnight Cowboy , that Oscar-winning classic of subterranean New York City, gets the homage it deserves with the wry, amusing Delirious.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  August 28, 2007


Critical lapses

When the reviewer becomes the reviewee
Am I the only film critic with this vainglorious dream?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  August 22, 2007


Taking sides

The Devil Came on Horseback; La faute à Fidel
Have you been remiss in taking a stand on the killing war in Darfur because the situation there seems too complex to understand?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  August 15, 2007


Kid stuff

An idyllic Summercamp!, a brutal This Is England
The three-week getaway at Swift Nature Camp is definitely idyllic.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  August 07, 2007


Soleil brothers

Plus, Time loses face and the Tribune loses a critic
Wasn’t Jean-Bertrand Aristide the good-guy Haitian president, democratically elected and then unfairly driven into exile by right-wing thugs?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  August 01, 2007


Auteur of Africa

Ousmane Sembene, 1924 – 2007; plus, Sound of the Soul
What I admired most about Ousmane Sembene was his courageous, lifetime commitment to women’s rights.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  July 24, 2007


Normandy calling

Bruno Dumont’s Flandres, plus Edward Yang
The last time I saw Paris, it certainly wasn’t in a film by Bruno Dumont.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  July 18, 2007


Lost auteur

Oscar Micheaux, plus El método
There’s no business like Micheaux business.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  July 11, 2007


Tour de force

Gypsy Caravan, You Kill Me
Two movies push at each other within Jasmine Dellal’s Gyspy Caravan, which opens this Friday, July 6, at the Kendall Square.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  July 03, 2007



Brand upon the Brain! , plus Bellocchio
Why not the Hub?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 27, 2007


China not so fair

Plus Judith Scott and Vietnam
Feeling self-righteous about having recycled your dinosaur computer?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 19, 2007


Well hung

Mala Noche and Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Gus Van Sant’s arresting first feature, the 1985 Mala Noche , was a raw, libidinous tale of homosexual desire.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 13, 2007


Stage craft

The magic in ShowBusiness  and Casting About
If your escape to New York must include a tune-filled stage show, then the documentary of your dreams is ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 05, 2007
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