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PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN MIDGLEY HAIR: TISH CELESTINE MAKEUP: MICHAEL PATTERSON Danielle Brooks is Brooklyn Magazine's first ever Digital Cover Star. If the mark of a brilliant actor is blurring the boundary between themselves and the characters they play, the mark of an equally intelligent audience is identifying where that boundary begins and ends, so we are not lost in the performance. But because we live in a culture obsessed with the belief that the only boundaries that exist are the ones the...
Woody Allen was back in the news this past weekend, and it wasn’t because his latest film Wonder Wheel closed the 2017 edition of the New York Film Festival. Rather, he made some headlines when the BBC reported his comments on the emerging litany of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who produced some of Allen’s past films. While Allen said that the situation “very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that...
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have made frequent appearances at the New York Film Festival over the years, and in 2012 they turned up together with Frances Ha, an ebullient career high for both that led to further professional and personal collaboration (they’re partners in life and subsequently made the equally great Mistress America). The easy narrative about Gerwig’s collaborations with Baumbach is that as his co-writer and star, she lightened up his misanthropy...
Film festivals are rarely short on coming of age movies, and this year’s New York Film Festival has a number of high-profile filmmakers trying their hand at the genre – some for the first time. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name arrives with the loudest advance buzz from its screenings at Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto, and through its setting “somewhere in Northern Italy,” it plays a little bit like a more tender, youthful...

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