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Frankenpixie Dream Girl: On Yorgos Lanthimos's "Poor Things"

Poor Things (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2023).Little from Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla (2023) has haunted me quite so much as a line from the half-dreamy, half-perverse meet-cute between its fourteen-year-old heroine and her future husband, Elvis Presley: “Why,” Elvis says, upon learning that the girl he’s planning to romance is still a child, “you’re just a baby.”...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 18:29
No Other Reason: Marguerite Duras’s “My Cinema”

L'homme atlantique (Marguerite Duras, 1981).In 1981, coinciding with the release of Marguerite Duras’s seventeenth film, L’homme atlantique, Le Monde published a short text—“a warning”—by the writer and filmmaker:  It has become customary for the majority of cinemagoers in France to act as though cinema is something that is owed to them, to protest...

Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:23
Rushes: Carl Weathers Tributes, New Chloë Sevigny Short, Eiko Ishibashi Live in New York

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For regular updates, sign up for our weekly email newsletter and follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSGoodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003). It’s getting harder to go to the movies. IndieWire surveys the state of cinemagoing in the US region by region as multiplexes continue to shutter. From downtown...

Wed Feb 14, 2024 18:20
Prove Them Wrong: In Conversation with Alanis Obomsawin

Amisk (Alanis Obomsawin, 1977).This past fall, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto presented The Children Have to Hear Another Story, a retrospective exhibition of the life and work of Alanis Obomsawin, a musician, artist, poet, activist, and documentarian. The show, curated by Richard William Hill and Hila Peleg, began at the Haus der Kulturen...

Tue Feb 13, 2024 12:11
The Atrocity Is Present: Jonathan Glazer's "The Zone of Interest"

The Zone of Interest (Jonathan Glazer, 2024).Watching The Zone of Interest (2023) is an act of endurance. The latest film by British director Jonathan Glazer depicts the lives of the commanding officer at Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel), his wife, Hedwig (Sandra Hüller), and their children, with most of the action set within and around their...

Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:14
Sorrow Is Not My Name: Bas Devos Discusses "Here"

Here (Bas Devos, 2023).        Stay here. See what the news is going to be tomorrow.       Graves grow no green that you can use.       Remember, green’s your color. You are Spring.       —Gwendolyn Brooks, “To the Young Who Want to Die”Cynicism has no place in Bas Devos’s Here (2023), a meshwork of small utopias in which the most urgent problem,...

Fri Feb 9, 2024 12:29

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