Dennis Harvey

Devil's advocate

Sokurov's 2011 'Faust' finally makes its local debut

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Freedom of expression

A PFA series pays tribute to Czech New Wave filmmaker Jan Nemec

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Lost in space

A new doc reveals 'the greatest film never made' -- Jodorowsky's 'Dune'

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FILM It's so seldom a film of major scale and budget is made without at least some standard commercial aspirations — however misguided — that the rare exceptions seem as curious, improbable, and wonderful as unicorns. (And about as useless, any bottom-line-oriented producer might say.) We're not talking Heaven's Gate (1980), Ishtar (1987), or Battlefield EarthRead more »

Smotherly love

The twisted family dynamics of Romanian film 'Child's Pose' -- complete with its very own, original, terrifying monster

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Sturm und drang

German mini-series 'Generation War' offers a sudsy look back at WWII

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Constructing change

Despite bureaucratic frustrations, an innovative high-school program elevates lives in 'If You Build It'

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FILM Two of the most deep-rooted national-character-defining American tropes are a) that we are a profoundly self-reliant people, and b) the Horatio Alger myth that anyone can go from "rags to riches" if they have a good heart and a tireless work ethic.Read more »

England made him

A Michael York tribute highlights this year's Mostly British Film Festival

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Mann up

PFA lures Anthony Mann's crime noirs out of the shadows

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Global tension

Noir City 12 widens its focus — but it still ain't afraid of the dark

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A tale of two

Actor-director Ralph Fiennes brings Dickens' love life into focus

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FILM No one reads Uncle Tom's Cabin today — Harriet Beecher Stowe's enormously popular novel that almost single-handedly tilted public opinion against slavery enough to support the Civil War — for anything but historical-footnote interest. Yet fellow 19th-century celebrity author Charles Dickens, who had nearly as direct and significant a reformist influence across the Atlantic, is still ubiquitous.Read more »