Othello Goes Hollywood

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Published on 10 Apr 1992 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Raspad

Soviet filmmaker Mikhail Belikov’s docudrama about Chernobyl views the 1986 power-plant disaster as a sort of objective correlative of national moral decay and as a tragedy that served to throw this decay into relief. It’s more interesting and persuasive in what it has to say about the accident than in the somewhat awkward thrust of its fiction (1990). (JR)

Published on 01 Apr 1992 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Leaving Normal

Although I’m a sucker for just about everything Christine Lahti does, not even she can save this messy, incoherent movie about an abused housewife (Meg Tilly) and a hardened cocktail waitress (Lahti) who decide to start a new life together in Alaska after leaving the town of Normal, Wyoming. It’s possible that Edward Solomon’s script originally may have had something going for it, but in its present form, as directed by Edward Zwick (Glory), it’s a movie that seems less authored than deauthored by someone hacking at random into the original material. With Lenny Von Dohlen, Maury Chaykin, Patrika Darbo, and Eve Gordon. (JR)

Published on 01 Apr 1992 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Last Chants For A Slow Dance

My own favorite among Jon Jost’s experimental narratives, this chilling portrait of an embittered, misogynistic lumpen proletarian (Tom Blair) driving through western Montana consists mainly of a series of virtuoso long takes. Jost’s highly original technique and Blair’s searing performance combine to create one of the most powerful and provocative psychological profiles of a motiveless killer to be found on film (1977). (JR)

Published on 01 Apr 1992 in Featured Texts, by admin

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