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Film, Film Feature Pasolini: A Film Series: Films Based on the Classics by a Gay Marxist Atheist

Pasolini: A Film Series: Films Based on the Classics by a Gay Marxist Atheist

The 1964 documentary Comizi D'Amore (Love Meetings) finds filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini sounding out the Italian public on questions of contemporary mores. At an artist's studio in Florence, he asks, "Is the problem of sexuality important or not?" "Yes," a…
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Film, <i>Greenberg</i>: Los Angeles plays itself

Greenberg: Los Angeles plays itself

Sad, funny, and acutely self-conscious, Noah Baumbach's new movie is the sort of mordant character study that people imagine were common in the '70s. Greenberg is unafraid to project a downbeat worldview or feature an impossible protagonist — I'd be…
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Film, Noah Baumbach on <i>Greenberg</i>, the DIY ethos, and learning to drive

Noah Baumbach on Greenberg, the DIY ethos, and learning to drive

Noah Baumbach is 40 years old. He just learned how to drive. A native New Yorker, the writer and director started spending time in Los Angeles when dating his now-wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh, but for years he made do bumming…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

La Dolce Vita

The problem with experiencing the food of another country in that country is that you come back with expectations. Floating around your taste memory is a transcendent loaf of Kümmelbrot and hunk of Butterkäse that you bought at the German…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted North Beach

North Beach

Sergio was kneading dough for the gnocchi when I stopped by. I slipped onto a stool at the bar to wait, the scent of roasted coffee beans thick in the air. Crisp white napkins were folded into "bishop hats" on…
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