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Film, "We Have a Pope": Fearful New Pope Questions Catholicism

"We Have a Pope": Fearful New Pope Questions Catholicism

Suitable entertainment for a Knights of Columbus fundraiser, Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope finds the Most Holy Father, wracked with self-doubt about his new position, on a walkabout in Rome. Actor-writer-director Moretti's latest starts with broad physical comedy (a…
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Film, Mortal Combat

Mortal Combat

Set in 1942 and '43, and shot in 1969, Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows follows a small group of French resistance fighters in their desperate struggle to survive the Nazis. The movie, too, has been in hiding, at least in…
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Culture, Bookcap

The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History

By David Kipen Melville Manifestos (Feb.), ($12) It's a tad perverse that film critics routinely front-load their reviews with the director's name, because most American moviegoers can barely cite two. (They would be Scorsese and Spielberg.) But that's the lingering…
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Film, Reel World

Running Around San Francisco for an Education

How did the National Film Preservation Foundation, an affiliate of the Library of Congress' National Film Preservation Board, end up on the other coast in a cozy two-room office above Fifth and Market? "Our legal address is in Washington, D.C.,"…
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Dining, Eat

White Wedding

Neo, though it hasn't been around for long, has already acquired a bit of a reputation as the restaurant ballsy enough to have chosen an all-white design scheme. On stepping into the restaurant you recall art galleries, ultrahygienic medical theaters,…
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Music, Thar She Bows

Thar She Bows

In her program notes to Songs and Stories From Moby Dick, Laurie Anderson explains her fascination with Melville's literary masterpiece: "Being a somewhat dark person myself," she says, "I fell in love with the idea that what you look for…
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Second Time Around

Le Samourai It was sadly hilarious (doubly so in retrospect) that Le Samourai, Jean-Pierre Melville's sleek 1967 ode to an underworld warrior, first arrived in the U.S. in 1972, retitled The Godson in a vain attempt to cash in on…
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