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Paul Arthur

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Night and the City: In the Labyrinth

Night and the City: In the Labyrinth

On film noir’s unparalleled roster of resonant titles—Kiss of Death, Out of the Past, and Where Danger Lives, to name three—none is more emblematic or iconographically cogent than Night and the City. Juxtaposing two of noir’s essential, virtu…

By Paul Arthur

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Just a Director: The Making of “Fanny and Alexander”

Just a Director: The Making of “Fanny and Alexander”

A flurry of publicity around Fanny and Alexander began well before the start of production. Ingmar Bergman said it would be his final film, and he allowed unusual media access to the set, even welcoming a pair of journalists who kept a diary of the s…

By Paul Arthur

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Harlan County USA: No Neutrals There

The current popularity and cultural importance of documentaries would have been inconceivable in 1976, when Harlan County USA briefly ignited commercial movie screens. It was the dawn of the blockbuster age: the buzz around Jaws had barely receded, a…

By Paul Arthur


Burden of Dreams:
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

A shot of a street sign near the beginning of Always for Pleasure, Les Blank’s 1978 paean to New Orleans music, cooking, and dance, offers a telling contrast with the mood of Burden of Dreams, a project instigated the following year by Werner Herzo…

By Paul Arthur


Before the Beginning Was the Word:
Stan Brakhage’s

Viewers encountering a Brakhage film for the first time often find the experience daunting and more than a little puzzling. A major obstacle to appreciation or understanding is the visual approach by which Brakhage renders images of things and places…

By Paul Arthur