Author Spotlight

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of eleven novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and his newest, The Feral Detective. His stories and essays, including his film writing, have been collected in five volumes, and his writing has been translated into over thirty languages. He lives in Los Angeles and Maine.

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Loving the Ruins; or, Does The Magnificent Ambersons Exist?

The Magnificent Ambersons

Loving the Ruins; or, Does The Magnificent Ambersons Exist?

The holiest of holies for lovers of ruined and neglected cinema, Orson Welles’s 1942 masterpiece haunts us with its voids and absences, which echo its tale of a family’s destruction.

By Jonathan Lethem

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The Killers: The Citizen Kane of Noir

The Killers: The Citizen Kane of Noir

The Killers (1946) is exemplary film noir from Robert Siodmak, who, on the strength of three films—this, Phantom Lady (1944), and Criss Cross (1949)—stands beside his fellow German exiles Fritz Lang and Otto Preminger as one of noir’s crucial d…

By Jonathan Lethem

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Unfaithfully Yours:
Zeno, Achilles, and Sir Alfred

Unfaithfully Yours is the outlier among Sturges's masterpieces. The first seven were unveiled in an improbable stretch, from 1940 to 1943, when he seemed incapable of doing wrong, and they were to varying degrees hits, while Unfaithfully Yours bled t…

By Jonathan Lethem