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On the Screen  

Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl                 She’s Over 50, and Alive and Well                         In 1966 the “Father of African Cinema” made the first black African film.  It was his debut feature and a precursor to both feminist and sub-Saharan African films in the decades to come.  La noire de… introduced a new point of view and a new language for cinema just as Sembène gave visibility to African women as vital agents of change in postcolonial Senegal and throughout more…


La Pirogue by Moussa Touré                       Bon Voyage from Senegal                                       Around the world, an emerging master from Senegal has been showing us the faces behind the numbers in the endless stories of economic emigres.  From April 7 to May 5, the UCLA Film and Television Archive is hosting a series of nine films from 1948 to 2016 in its showcase, “In Transit: Refugees on Film” that brings us more…


Farhadi’s The Salesman                               Thespian Gifts Fill the Screen                                 From dramatist to screenwriter and filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi reaches new heights in his latest award-winning feat. The Salesman gives us Willy Loman behind the scenes. A teacher and actor in Tehran today takes on the role of his life when an intruder enters his home more

 

Behind the Scenes

Isabelle Huppert Talks about Elle             The French Grande Dame of the Screen               Her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle has won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama while the film, written by an American for a Dutch director who made the film in French, has itself also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film.  Isabelle Huppert talks about films, directors, characters, acting, and casting more…

Vetri Maaran on Interrogation             Visaaranai Looks at India Today                         Tamil Nadu’s long and prolific history of film production shows a side of Indian cinema sorely overlooked in the West through this award-winning submission for the Oscars based on true events that framed so-called "dispensable" youths for crimes they did not commit. The independent writer-director-producer Vetri Maran shares his purpose and method in creating his third feature, a potent portrayal of police abuse and political corruption that speaks far beyond the Asian sub-continent today more















Close-Up on Festivals

Carol, the Latest from Todd Haynes      Writing, Shooting, and Designing the Film            Carol’s premiere in Los Angeles at the AFI FEST Presented by Audi brought together many huge talents, not just the director at his best and two splendid actresses, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, but also Cinematographer Ed Lachman, Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, and Costume Designer Sandy Powell, who talk here about their arts more…

The Fencer Is a Contender                           Klaus Härö’s Back in Town                                    For his 5th feature, the Scandinavian director finds himself neither in his native Finland nor in Sweden, where he has often worked, but in Estonia, with a new drama on new turf but with his old love of children intact and a dose of history under Stalin.  Vying for an Oscar and a Golden Globe more…

 


 

Kino-Arts in Focus

LAV at the TRK                                           Maestro Carlo Ponti Rounds Out the Season       On May 25th the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents Los Angeles Virtuosi under the direction of Maestro Carlo Ponti, who is completing his second year of residency at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles in teaching the Youth Orchestra at this bilingual school. Featured are master works by Claude Debussy, Antonio Vivaldi, and Ludwig van Beethoven that transport us musically into the warmth of summer more...

 

Hedda Gabler at the Antaeus                       Ibsen Over Time                                                   One of the Southland’s finest repertory companies moves the Norwegian to the 1920s to stage a classic.  Director Robman shows not just Hedda’s but each character’s sense of entitlement to a better life, though Hedda is the mastermind who plays their fates against them -- all but one, that is, who may know her better than she knows herself, and worse, knows exactly how more…


The Top Shelf


Contempt at the Aero                                       Godard’s Valentine to Cinema                        With his 6th feature film, Jean-Luc Godard critiqued the marketplace of cinema and the narcissism of love in a language vitally new in filmmaking history.  From Rome to Capri, we follow his irresistible journey to sadness when the American Cinematheque (July 16th) continues its series of French Favorites more...   



Eric Rohmer's “Six Moral Tales”            An American Tribute                                         Tucked away complacently in his Parisian home under the pseudonym “Eric Rohmer,” and noted for spending years without a phone, a car, or even a taxi ride from time to time, but with family, faith, and a firm devotion to nature, cinema, and its related arts, Eric Rohmer presented us with  paradoxes more...



The Lady with the Dog                                       Pure Cinema at the Black Sea                                  In 1960 Iosif Heifitz knew that Anton Chekhov’s short stories were really films waiting to happen more



Digital Releases


It's Winter                                                               The Enigma of Rafi Pitts
It’s not every day that a screenwriter/director who studied in London and lives in Paris chooses to more...



Between the Covers 


Life Comes to the Screen                                   The Arts and Cultures of Iran                                             Anyone who has ever doubted that a country like Iran could develop its own film industry should be more...



 







 




 

 


 


 

















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