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Cannes goods

Tarantino, Antichrist , and a well-lit genitalia show; why the French film festival is like no other
Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2009

Year in Film: Risky business

Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2008

Cherchez les femmes

Women dominate the 13th Annual Boston French Film Festival
Women have always dominated French cinema — just not from behind the camera.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

The most dangerous Games

Michael Haneke’s thriller still feels Funny
Although it has only one really graphic moment of violence, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games probably distresses audiences more than the torture porn in the Saw and Hostel series.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 16, 2008

The medium is the movie

In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

The play’s the thing

 Interview: Michael Haneke on the rules of his Games
A couple of weeks ago at the Oscars, the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film to go to an Austrian went to the wrong filmmaker.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2008

Funny frames

The films of Michael Haneke at the HFA and MFA
The seemingly endless final shot of Michael Haneke’s  CACHÉ|HIDDEN  might have shocked some viewers into an almost forgotten skill: watching.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 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

Comme ci, comme ça

No wave in sight at the Boston French Film Festival
The menu bops between feel-good indies and full-on commercial fare, with a few seasoned auteur numbers thrown in like rosemary twigs.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  July 10, 2007

The good Germans

Breaking through to The Lives of Others
It’s 1984. The Ruling Party monitors its citizenship, its minute observations allowing the “others” to be categorized –– and persecuted. Watch the trailer for The Lives of Others (YouTube)
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 14, 2007


A red herring
Combining the generic precision of Claude Chabrol and the perversity of Michael Haneke, Dominik Moll makes some of the creepiest films in Europe.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 19, 2006

The Arab street

Merzak Allouache’s other world at the HFA  
Watching the news lately, you can’t help thinking that nobody has an idea what’s going on in the Arab and Islamic world.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2006

Politics as usual?

Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006

Hidden agenda

Caché plays forbidden games
Surveillance meshes unnoticed with the fabric of everyday life with unsettling formal wit in the beginning of Michael Haneke’s Caché .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 11, 2006

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