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The Deer Hunter (1978) Directed by Michael Cimino Like Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Cimino composed his masterpiece in parts––allegro, andante, and con moto––though in Cimino’s case the execution is not necessarily in that order. Both works use notes unfamiliar to the art form, yet The Deer Hunter’s visceral, bloody take on the Vietnam War, which begins with a wedding and ends with a funeral, is seamless. Cimino’s film is not anti- or pro-war; it’s...
   The Childhood of a Leader Directed by Brady Corbet Opens July 22 And that little boy grew up to be…? The entire aesthetic package of The Childhood of a Leader arguably constitutes a spoiler, its heavily color-restricted palette and the great Scott Walker’s score, like a chamber quartet being chased by wolves, suggesting stuffy, lofty Old World traditions whipped into the neo-Gothic frenzy of the first half of the 20th century. The child in question, unnamed...
Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg, screens this Saturday and Sunday at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Focus Features will release the film theatrically next year. From its previous festival screenings, I'd heard David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars described as a "Hollywood satire," which may explain some of the puzzled reactions to it. The movie is certainly set in Hollywood (some of it was shot in Cronenberg's native Canada, but other...

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