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Laura (1944) Directed by Otto Preminger Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Directed by John M. Stahl Their surfaces couldn’t be more different: Laura a chilly black-and-white mystery noir, Leave Her to Heaven a lurid Technicolor domestic melodrama. And yet, place both these films next to each other, and some fascinating convergences emerge beyond featuring the same leading lady. In Preminger’s film, Gene Tierney plays the titular object of three different men’s obsessions: detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), newspaper...
Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Directed by Otto Preminger “You go to a place, you leave a place.” Such is the hollow existence the carefree bourgeoisie playboys (and girls) lead along the Riviera in Preminger’s adaption of Françoise Sagan’s novella. It’s clichéd, undoubtedly, and not perhaps the subject matter one usually associates with the Austrian auteur, more commonly aligned with the left-leaning epics he would come to produce. Indeed, Bonjour Tristesse marks the end of a phase in...
Black Girl (1966) Directed by Ousmane Sembène Sembène’s debut feature may have officially put African cinema on the map, but there’s much more to the film than historical importance. Through its tragic tale of Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop), a Senegalese woman who moves to France to take care of a rich white French couple’s (Anne-Marie Jelinck and Robert Fontaine) children, only to find herself treated as a slave when she gets there, Sembène launches an...
I went to see DJ Dodger Stadium at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night; though I'd tried to see them several times before, I kept just missing the shows. Last night I almost didn't make it out either, due to our own December/January issue release party and a lot of Sapporo. But I showed up in Williamsburg just in time to catch a set by Venus X, a legendary New York nightlife fixture and...

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