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Jack Smith in Star Spangled to Death (ca 1958)

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Although sporadic updates may be found in “Events” and necessary modifications (plus relevant new material) will accrue to “Biography,” Das Blog mainly serves to link to material published in other venues, with new stuff featured on “The Home Page” [see below]

On Manakama and Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab [NYRBlog] Manakamana, the new documentary by anthropologist Stephanie Spray and filmmaker Pacho Velez, is a motion picture that transports the viewer to a mountaintop Hindu temple, as well as back in time to the medium’s dawn. Read more…

On Sholem Aleichem and Fiddler on the Roof [The Guardian] The Russian-speaking Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) was, in his lifetime, a prolific popular writer and a failed playwright. In death, he defined a culture. Read more…

On Michael Snow as photographer [Artforum] A humble, relentless, more or less continuous zoom shot taking forty-five minutes to traverse a Canal Street loft into a photograph pasted on the far wall, Michael Snow’s Wavelength (1967) provided twentieth-century cinema with a definitive metaphor for itself as temporal projection—and also burdened Snow with an unrepeatable masterpiece. Read more…

On Darren Aronofsky’s Noah [Tablet] Dark, savage, excessive in its add-ons and murky in its details, Aronofsky’s rip-roaring re-reading and re-scripting of Genesis: 6-10 is not a blockbuster for the ages. But it is likely the most eccentric Old Testament adaptation to come out Hollywood since John Huston’s The Bible… In the Beginning. Read more…

On Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac [NYRBlog] Lars von Trier has made several great films (Dogville, Melancholia). He has also orchestrated a number of provocations, the strongest of which is The Idiots (1998), a movie that anticipates Borat, Jackass, and other recent movies in pushing regressive behavior beyond all acceptable limits. His newest film, Nymphomaniac, belongs with these… Read more

On the exhibits “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module” and “The Shadows Took Shape” [NYRBlog] Does a museum show occupy space—or should it send us hurtling through it? Read more…

On 12 Years a Slave [Harper's] “Someone must have slandered Joseph K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” So begins one of the most emblematic novels of the twentieth century and so, more or less, begins the most generally honored motion picture of 2013: 12 Years a Slave. Read more… 

On The Last of the Unjust [Tablet] Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah is a great, shattering work of art; The Last of the Unjust, the most elaborate and ambitious of the four autonomous features that the now 88-year-old French documentary maker has fashioned from Shoah’s outtakes is not. Read more…

On Miklós Jancsó’s 60s Films [Film Comment] It was the last century’s impossible dream: a double vanguard, radical form in the service of radical content. There were moments-the Soviet silent cinema, Brecht’s epic theater, Surrealism perhaps, the Popular Front anti-fascism of Guernica and Citizen Kane, the promise of underground movies. And then, from the very back of beyond and close to the fashionable heart of international modernism, for a half dozen years from the mid-Sixties to the early Seventies, there was Hungarian filmmaker Miklós Jancsó. Read more…

 NEW YORK TIMES DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS: The King of Comedy plus Ms.45 . Men in War plus The Boy From Stalingrad . Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame Samson and Delilah plus The Miracle Woman . Buster & Fatty Talk . Crimes and Misdemeanors plus The Front . Foreign Correspondent . Come Back Africa & Zulu .  The Jungle Book The Miami Story with other Kefauver policiers . It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World plus Khartoum .  I Cannibali plus . Nostalghia .

                                                      NEW PUBLICATIONS!

“Freed to Love? Movies and the Sexual Revolution,” Free to Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution (International House Philadelphia)

“‘Like Canyons and Rivers’: Performance for Its own Sake,” Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance and the New Psychodrama, Jay Sanders with J. Hoberman (Whitney Museum/Yale)

“The Gremlins Franchise: Standing Spielberg on His Head,” Joe Dante, ed. Nil Baskar & Gabe Klinger (Osterreichisches Filmmuseum)

“Drawing His Own Conclusions: The Art of Spiegelman,” Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, Art Spiegelman (Drawn + Quarterly)

PRINT ONLY: On Ad Reinhardt’s Art Comics, Bookforum (Feb 2014); On The Collaboration and Hollywood and Hitler, London Review of Books (12/19/13); On Eleanor Antin’s memoir Conversations with Stalin, Bookforum (Dec 2013); On reviewing Eraserhead and Killer of Sheep back in the day, Film Comment (September-October 2013); On Mike Kuchar’s Sins of the Fleshapoids and the Now Futurism, Artforum (Summer 2013); On Pablo Larrain and No, Harper’s (May 2013); On Leviathan, Artforum (April 2013).

2013 REVIEWS: Inside Llewyn Davis [Tablet]. Nebraska . The Wind Rises . At Berkeley . The Pervert’s Guide to IdeologyBlue is the Warmest Color . The Fifth Estate . Gravity . Captain Phillips . A Touch of Sin . Enough Said . Newly Weeds .  Le joli mai . Shark . KatzelmacherOur Nixon . The Grandmaster Ain’t Them Bodies Saints  The Act of Killing Computer Chess . Viola . Crystal Fairy Museum Hours . I’m So Excited! . The Bling Ring . Behind the Candelabra Hannah Arendt Old Dog . The Great Gatsby . Something in the Air Post Tenebras Lux . Spring Breakers . Room 237 . Portrait of Jason . Un Flic . This Ain’t California. To the Wonder . Blancanieves . Le Pont du Nord . Beyond the Hills . Caesar Must DieThe Gatekeepers . Hors Satan . Gangster Squad . San Diego Sunset.