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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) Directed by David Lynch One of the many positive effects of the impending return of Twin Peaks to the television airwaves is in bringing—on its 25th-anniversary year, no less—Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me back into wider public consciousness, thus opening it up to the reassessment it so richly deserves after its lackluster reception back in 1992. Naturally, David Lynch being the uncompromisingly idiosyncratic auteur that he is, the...
Private Property (1960) Directed by Leslie Stevens Leslie Stevens’s rediscovered rough diamond Private Property, shot over five days for $59,000, marks a hinge point in American film. It harks back to the noirs of the 1950s and looks forward to the more winking and psychologically probing crime films of the 1970s and 1980s broadly informed by Hitchcock, to whom Stevens pays tribute with an arch one-liner. In the predatory Southern California drifters Duke and Boots—Corey Allen...
Chantal Akerman never wanted to be thought of as a feminist filmmaker. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the broad adaptation of auteur theory is the reduction of an artist to something resembling a brand. If, as François Truffaut and Andrew Sarris suggested, the value of a director is related to the extent he or she has a discernible set of aesthetic and thematic concerns, then it is inevitable a film or group...
Golden Eighties (1986) Directed by Chantal Akerman This poignant musical comedy unfolds almost entirely inside a shopping mall called the Toison d’Or (“Golden Fleece”) filled with male and female workers whose amorous yearnings for one another compete with their attention to their jobs. The cast includes repeat Akerman performers Pascale Salkin and Delphine Seyrig, who dreamily, painfully sing love songs composed by Marc Hérouet with lyrics that the late Akerman wrote. “Golden Eighties is a...