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Film, "At Berkeley": The History of the University, in Real Time

"At Berkeley": The History of the University, in Real Time

Now here's another of documentary maven Frederick Wiseman's thick slices of institutional life, and it's a doozy. The subject is America's most renowned public university, variously beleaguered by state budget cuts and a seemingly uneasy reflection on its legacy of…
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Film, "Crazy Horse": Elegantly Uncovers French Cabaret

"Crazy Horse": Elegantly Uncovers French Cabaret

Recording the anthem "Les Filles du Crazy," half a dozen women — performers at the Crazy Horse, the classy Parisian nudie cabaret — sing of themselves, "They are the soldiers of the erotic army." The military metaphor proves apt, as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blurring the Line Between Fiction and Documentary

Blurring the Line Between Fiction and Documentary

In a very real sense the ultimate New York movie, Lionel Rogosin's On the Bowery (1957) is cinema-as-bog-body, living history captured with such fortune and care that there's no sign of decay after 50-plus years. Anyone who'd like near-firsthand familiarity…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beat to the Punch

Beat to the Punch

Boxing Gym is 80-year-old documentarian Frederick Wiseman's 38th feature. Despite its relatively modest length and ordinary subject matter, it seems a crowning accomplishment. For most of its 91 minutes, the movie remains within the well-worn, cheerfully cluttered confines of R.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet</i>

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

Frederick Wiseman’s magnificent La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet offers a portrait of suppleness and agility—not just that of the dancers’ bodies but also of the august institution of the title. Like all of his documentaries, La Danse forgoes voiceover…
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Film, The Art of Dying

The Art of Dying

If there's a tougher sell than a Romanian movie by a hitherto unknown director, it's a Romanian movie by an unknown director that takes two and a half hours to tell the tale of a 62-year-old pensioner's final trip to…
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Film, <i>Elephant</i>, Man

Elephant, Man

The spooky beauty of Elephant, Gus Van Sant's strange take on the Columbine massacre, arises not from the shock of sudden violence but from the filmmaker's steady gaze at the numbing routines of life inside a suburban high school. With…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reel World

Long Night's Journey Into Day

November marks the 25th anniversary of Jonestown, and you can bet the loft that the media -- yet again -- will make wide-eyed sport of the mysterious deaths of 900 followers of Jim Jones in Guyana. "It's hard not to…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday september 27 Cum on Feel the Noize Five years ago, when the Orb combined whooshing waves with Minnie Ripperton's bird song on "A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Center of the Ultraworld," ambient club music seemed…
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