Category Archives: Cinéphilia

…for the love of cinema–the great fount of reflection, style and attitude.

An evening of 4 Peleshian films, November 15, in Yerevan

Four films by Ardavazd Peleshian will be screened on November  15, 2017 at Silk Road Hotel, hosted by Folk Arts HUB Foundation.  The films are Mountain Patrol, Inhabitants,  Seasons of the Year, and two very-shorts from the early 1990s, Life … Continue reading

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Promises, promises: preliminary notes on “The Promise.”

~PROMISES, PROMISES~ I, too, saw The Promise.  Here are my comments in response to the rhetoric and sloganeering that has surrounded this movie since its release: 1. Our story… Is this “our story”? An ambitious man from the villages goes … Continue reading

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On Asghar Farhadi…

~~In the wake of Asghar Farhadi’s win of a second Oscar last night, I am re-posting this 2012 review of his earlier masterpiece “A Separation.” I have not seen “The Salesman” for which he won the second Oscar. I read … Continue reading

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Theeb, the Other of Lawrence’s Arabia

~~Today I saw Theeb, Naji Abu Nowar’s directorial debut and Jordan’s entry to this year’s Academy nominations in the Best Foreign Film category. A first, for sure. Theeb is a marvelous film in conception, cinematography, and narrative force.  Abu Nowar … Continue reading

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On Michael Haneke’s “Amour”

  ~~ My essay, “Reading the Book of Living with Michael Haneke’s Amour,”  is now posted on the on-line literary/cultural magazine, The Bangalore Review. Check it out here.   http://www.bangalorereview.com/2014/06/reading-the-book-of-living-with-michael-hanekes-amour/ ~~

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Nuri Bilge Çeylan, again

~~Nuri Bilge Çeylan has won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for his film “Winter Sleep.”  Two years ago, I was introduced to and mesmerized by this film-maker’s work when I saw his “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. … Continue reading

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From the archives: Paradjanov

Paradjanov’s Home of the Imagination ~~James Steffen, friend and colleague, informs us on his FB page that today is Paradjanov’s ninetieth birthday.  Steffen is the author of the recently published The Cinema of Sergei Paradjanov. So, this is an opportune … Continue reading

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