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Music, Bouncer Blind Date Blues

Blind Date Blues

You can always tell how your friends really feel about you when they set you up on a blind date. Apparently my friends view me as a female Marty Feldman: How else to explain the parade of Men Whose Eyeballs…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

Joachim Trier’s dazzlingly kinetic tale of two aspiring Norwegian cult novelists, Reprise, is bounded by fantasies of what might have become of the friends and literary competitors after the publication of their first novels. But the entire film plays out…
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Film, Patterns of Abuse

Patterns of Abuse

At the crosswalk the other day, I noticed something peeking out from the usual pasting of flyers on the light pole in front of me. It looked like an address label. In a nondescript font was printed: "OUT OF IRAQ"…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fury-ous


As the producer of the annual Fringe Festival and Divafest, the Exit Theatre has long ruled the Bay Area's freeform theater fiesta scene with an iron rod of box-office splits and free pretzels. But the local bastion of underground performance…
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Film, Zoom Lens Big-name premieres and local documentaries shine at this year's event

Big-name premieres and local documentaries shine at this year's event

The doughty Mill Valley Film Festival , about to commence its 28th installment, plays second string to nobody. Big-name premieres and tributes alternate with little films you may not get to see anywhere else. A particular joy not to be…
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Culture, Books

Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering

By Wendy Lesser Houghton Mifflin (May 2002), $24 People are lousy readers. We keep hoping for that "perfect" reading, during which we gather deep meaning out of every line, but few people concentrate that well, and even fewer writers are…
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Film, Dang Those Nuances

Dang Those Nuances

Like nearly all Merchant Ivory productions, The Golden Bowl, their latest book-to-film adaptation, is a feast for the eyes. It's got choice real estate, exquisite interior design, and dazzling costumes, all bathed in a golden light that not only enriches…
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Culture, Stage

A Screwed-Up Screw

A Screwed-Up Screw The Turn of the Screw. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Henry James' novella. Directed by Lee Sankowich. Starring Darren Bridgett and Jenny Lord. At Marin Theater Company, 397 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley, through Feb. 8. Call…
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For Love and Money

The Wings of the Dove Directed by Iain Softley. Written by Hossein Amini, from the novel by Henry James. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, and Alison Elliott. Opens Friday, Nov. 14, at the Embarcadero Center. Mad City Directed by…
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All About Kissing

The Portrait of a Lady Directed by Jane Campion. Written by Laura Jones, from Henry James' novel. Starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich. Opens Friday, Jan. 17. When an incredulous Jane Campion fan asked what I hated about her version…
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The Fan and the Movie Camera

"Long live the consciousness of the pure who can see and hear!" That statement by pioneer Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov kept reverberating in my brain after my prime movie experience this year -- watching his silent extravaganza The Man With…
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