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Howard Hampton

Howard Hampton is a frequent contributor to Film Comment, Artforum, and Bookforum, as well as the author of Born in Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales, and Pop Apocalypses.

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Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale

Performances

Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale

Amid the tumultuous family dynamics on display in Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale, Emmanuelle Devos delivers a performance of remarkable subtlety and lyricism.

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Features
Dec 20, 2017
Ghost World: Séance in Wowsville
Ghost World: Séance in Wowsville

Combining sardonic humor with poignant characterizations, this cult comedy explores the discontents of two high-school graduates adrift in strip-mall America.


By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Jun 6, 2017
Experience Necessary: Deborah Harry in Videodrome

Performances

Experience Necessary: Deborah Harry in Videodrome

Traveling through the subterranean portals of Videodrome like an introverted wraith, Deborah Harry carries herself with the wry, burned-out, but still titillated instincts of a voyager buying a one-way ticket for the outer limits. A vivid, smallish p…

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Features
Dec 27, 2016
One-Eyed Jacks: Zen Nihilism
One-Eyed Jacks: Zen Nihilism

The result of a notoriously troubled production, Marlon Brando’s unorthodox western presents a brooding vision of human futility.

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Nov 22, 2016
The Manchurian Candidate: Dread Center
The Manchurian Candidate: Dread Center

Set during the height of McCarthy-era paranoia and arriving in 1962, in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, John Frankenheimer’s high-anxiety Communist conspiracy thriller tapped into the darkest fears of Cold War America.


By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Mar 15, 2016
Death by Hanging: Hanging by a Thread
Death by Hanging: Hanging by a Thread

In Death by Hanging, Nagisa Oshima spins a complex aesthetic web around his documentary-like structure, packing detail, history, politics, and emotion into his surrealist inquiry into capital punishment.


By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Feb 16, 2016
The Complete Lady Snowblood: Flowers of Carnage
The Complete Lady Snowblood: Flowers of Carnage

Toshiya Fujita’s two-film saga set exuberant, manga-inspired martial-arts choreography against a backdrop of a Japanese society in transition to unfold a vivid tale of epic vengeance.


By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Jan 5, 2016
A Hard Day’s Night: The Whole World Is Watching
A Hard Day’s Night: The Whole World Is Watching

In 1964, Richard Lester harnessed the Beatles’ exploding superstardom for a giddy day-in-the-life pop masterpiece.

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Jun 24, 2014
Quadrophenia: Jimmy vs. World
Quadrophenia: Jimmy vs. World

With humor and melancholy, Franc Roddam’s coming-of-age drama, based on the Who’s iconic album, shows us a g-g-generation on the edge.

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Aug 29, 2012
Tokyo Drifter: Catch My Drift

Tokyo Drifter: Catch My Drift

Just what is it that makes Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter (1966) so different, so appealing? The cherubic hero in the neat powder blue suit, who looks like he was torn out of a yakuza pop-up book? That hauntingly cornball theme song, permeating the …

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays
Dec 13, 2011
Europa: Night Train

Seduction by locomotive. Gliding on silvery reels of steel, tricked out with Lars von Trier’s stated panoply of “front and back projections, double exposure, and clearly choreographed camera movements to break down the realistic frame,” Europa …

By Howard Hampton


Dec 4, 2008
Pitfall: Outdoor Miner

Pitfall is the kind of semiuncanny, equivocally realist movie you might hope to duck into in a strange city, stumbling across it in a low-rent theater while escaping a bad date or a debt collector. Impressively anomalous and consistently unpredictabl…

By Howard Hampton


Jul 10, 2007
Kill!: Pardon My Dust

Kihachi Okamoto’s dynamic, intricately madcap Kill! is a multitoned send-up of samurai film lore. With its crosshatched plot stitching, zigzag modulations, and dust-blown stock figures (Tatsuya Nakadai as a hobo swordsman, plus a peasant bumpkin tu…

By Howard Hampton


Oct 25, 2005
Youth of the Beast: Screaming Target

“Just shut up and watch!” So snarls a frenzied gangster-pimp to baby-faced tough Joe Shishido as the creep whips a prostrate prostitute. There’s plenty for the naked eye to absorb: the delicate calligraphic detail of the bloody lash marks, set…

By Howard Hampton


Jan 11, 2005