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Film, "360": Global Connectedness Has Never Been So Boring

"360": Global Connectedness Has Never Been So Boring

Is there something intrinsic to these wide-net, "We're all connected" ensemble movies that makes their authors think they need to address every human conundrum in the world? The vast, split-screen-slashed 360, directed by Fernando Meirelles from an overreaching screenplay by…
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Film, "30 Beats": Some New Yorkers Have the Least Interesting Sex

"30 Beats": Some New Yorkers Have the Least Interesting Sex

It is a safe bet that 30 Beats, which was filmed in summer of 2009 and boasts a distinctly mid-'90s funky, sex-positive vibe, is seeing a release because of the elevated profile of Paz de la Huerta, one of the…
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Culture, Stage Daddy's Girl

Daddy's Girl

The set for Fräulein Else, Francesca Faridany's new play based on an Arthur Schnitzler story, is a colorful scramble of inside and outside. A scrim faintly painted with magnificent mountains passes through the forecourt of an alpine hotel. In front…
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Culture, Stage Playing <i>Blue</i>

Playing Blue

Arthur Schnitzler fans may remember 1999 as a banner year, when their man enjoyed two modern revivals starring Nicole Kidman. There was Eyes Wide Shut, based on a Schnitzler novella, and a Broadway run of The Blue Room, a David…
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Culture, Stage Making  the Rounds

Making the Rounds

Squirreled away in the old Sears building on Cesar Chavez is a new black box, Studio 210, where a troupe called Goat Island has mounted Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. You might remember Schnitzler as the Austrian author of the novel…
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Fear and Desire

Eyes Wide Shut Directed by Stanley Kubrick, from a screenplay by Kubrick and Frederic Raphael, inspired by a novella by Arthur Schnitzler. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Opens Friday at the AMC 1000 Van Ness and the Sony Metreon.…
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Second Time Around

La Ronde Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's bitter comedy about the successive transmission of sexual disease up the social ladder, this film strips away the disease motif and substitutes emotional malaise. Ten sexual transactions (prostitute and soldier, soldier and maid, maid…
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