Author Spotlight

James Quandt

James Quandt has been senior programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque for twenty-eight years. A frequent contributor to Artforum, he has also published articles in the New York Review of Books and Sight & Sound, and essays in various anthologies, including on Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Jia Zhangke, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Nagisa Oshima, New French Extremity, Jacques Demy, and Mikio Naruse. He has edited monographs on Robert Bresson, Kon Ichikawa, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Shohei Imamura, and has organized international tours of the films of Kenji Mizoguchi, Oshima, Naruse, Imamura, Bresson, and Ichikawa.

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Panique: Panic Attack
Panique: Panic Attack

Upon returning to France after a period of self-exile in Hollywood, Julien Duvivier adapted a Georges Simenon novel into this noirish critique of the dangers of mob mentality during wartime.

By James Quandt

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Muriel, or The Time of Return: Ashes of Time
Muriel, or The Time of Return: Ashes of Time

Time is both inescapable and irretrievable in Alain Resnais’s boldly disorienting masterpiece, which stars Delphine Seyrig as a widow haunted by her memories of World War II.


By James Quandt

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Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati
Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a completely new filmic language.

By James Quandt

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Intentions of Murder: Eros and Civilization

Early in Shohei Imamura’s Intentions of Murder, the librarian Riichi distractedly peruses Herbert Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization while conversing with his clinging mistress, Yoshiko. One can read the reference in many ways: as a glancing jest, a…

By James Quandt


The Face of Another: Double Vision

After making his international reputation in the sixties with a series of eerie existential parables written by Kobo Abe and scored by Toru Takemitsu, and then losing it with the raw, uncharacteristic Summer Soldiers (1972), the increasingly reclusiv…

By James Quandt


Au hasard Balthazar
Au hasard Balthazar

Godard’s famous claim that Au hasard Balthazar is “the world in an hour and a half” suggests how dense, how immense Bresson’s brief, elliptical tale about the life and death of a donkey is. The film’s steady accumulation of incident, charac…

By James Quandt

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