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Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans has been the film critic of the Nation since 1988.

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Night of the Living Dead: Mere Anarchy Is Loosed
Night of the Living Dead: Mere Anarchy Is Loosed

With the scrappiest of means, George A. Romero created not only a landmark of independent cinema but also an indelible portrait of America as hellscape.


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Sullivan’s Travels: Self-Portrait in a Fun-House Mirror
Sullivan’s Travels: Self-Portrait in a Fun-House Mirror

Preston Sturges revealed a lot about himself and the movie business in this hilarious and socially committed comedy.

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Masks and Faces

Masks and Faces

The disc of Faces that you now hold is the most beautiful copy possible of a film that was meant to look lousy. Digital technology painstakingly reproduces John Cassavetes’s lighting, which allowed his actors to move about freely, and so lent his a…

By Stuart Klawans

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Seeing Clearly Through Tears: On the Smart Sentiment of Umberto D.

Seeing Clearly Through Tears: On the Smart Sentiment of Umberto D.

Umberto D. is perhaps the most astringent film ever made about a poor old man and his dog. Critics today tend to like the astringent parts: the long, deliberately undramatic sequences full of mundane activity (such as a housemaid’s morning routine)…

By Stuart Klawans

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White: The Nonpolitical Reunifications of Karol Karol
White: The Nonpolitical Reunifications of Karol Karol

“The day I can buy toilet paper in a Polish store, I’ll discuss politics,” Krzysztof Kieślowski told an interviewer in 1989, as he brushed aside a question. He was speaking at the Montreal Film Festival, where he was serving on the jury, a lit…

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Homicide: What Are You, Then?
Homicide: What Are You, Then?

Words are the trained fleas in David Mamet’s sidewalk circus—dirty words, often bloodstained, usually swarming, that perform their acrobatic stunts for gawkers who will likely get their pockets picked. That’s the reputation, anyhow. More than t…

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Hands over the City:
Confidential Reports—The Investigative Thrillers of Francesco Rosi

Twenty-one years after Orson Welles sprang on the world a current-events picture called Citizen Kane—original title, American—a worthy successor burst forth in Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano. A real-life story of the recent murder of a Sicil…

By Stuart Klawans


Divorce Italian Style:
The Facts (and Fancies) of Murder

Trains frame the story and provide its turning point; cars advance the plot. Through these vehicles, Pietro Germi offers locomotive relief in Divorce Italian Style, a comedy about the horrors of inertia. More precisely, it is a film that wrings laug…

By Stuart Klawans