Author Spotlight

Michael Koresky

Michael Koresky is the editorial director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York; a cofounder and editor of the online film magazine Reverse Shot; and a frequent contributor to Film Comment and the Criterion Collection. He is also the author of Terence Davies (University of Illinois Press, 2014).

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Transitory Figures: One Scene from Before Sunrise

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Transitory Figures: One Scene from Before Sunrise

Romantic love is poignant because it is an infinite feeling that exists in a finite frame. And Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy is the most romantic and profound of love stories because it imbues love with the weight of time. In these three films…

By Michael Koresky

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Fox and His Friends: Social Animals
Fox and His Friends: Social Animals

Rainer Werner Fassbinder plays a working-class gay man hoodwinked by his uppity bourgeois lover in this unsparing portrait of queer culture in 1970s West Germany.

By Michael Koresky

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Phoenix: Just Be Yourself
Phoenix: Just Be Yourself

In Phoenix, Christian Petzold sets his nuanced melodrama of postwar German-Jewish identity within a starkly realist aesthetic, making newly fascinating use of his enduring interest in the tensions between the real and the artificial.


By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties
Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

Julien Duvivier’s early sound films offer emotionally rich explorations of life in prewar France.

By Michael Koresky

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Dressed to Kill: The Power of Two
Dressed to Kill: The Power of Two

Brian De Palma magnifies the pleasures and perils of Hitchcock and toys with the viewer’s spectatorship in his sly and scary horror masterpiece.

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 43: Agnès Varda in California
Eclipse Series 43: Agnès Varda in California

The films Agnès Varda made while living on the West Coast of the United States are some of the most searching and challenging of her stellar career.

By Michael Koresky

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Michael’s Turn: Michael Jeter in The Fisher King

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Michael’s Turn: Michael Jeter in The Fisher King

The late character actor Michael Jeter had a profound effect on me as a child, but as with so many things, I didn’t realize it until I was an adult. Twenty-five years ago this month, I saw my first Tony Awards broadcast. Amid all the spectacle—os…

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas
Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas

Atypical in style and subject, Yasujiro Ozu’s early crime dramas show a

future master brilliantly experimenting with camera and editing.

By Michael Koresky

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Nerve Center: Teri Garr in Tootsie
Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II
Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II

The prolific and popular Keisuke Kinoshita made his fascinating first movies at a time of great difficulty and censorship, yet their spirit and brilliance shine through.

By Michael Koresky

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Terence Davies: Chronicle of a Carpet
Terence Davies: Chronicle of a Carpet

The following is excerpted from the book-length study Terence Davies, out September 8. See the bottom of the post for a clip of the scene it describes. Excerpt copyright 2014 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and used with perm…

By Michael Koresky

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The Woman in Back: Lily Tomlin in Nashville

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The Woman in Back: Lily Tomlin in Nashville

Today, the idea that comedian-actor-writer Lily Tomlin possesses dramatic versatility is so received that one might not realize how unexpected it was for audiences to see her in a serious role in Robert Altman’s Nashville in 1975. At that point, sh…

By Michael Koresky

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Man with a Plan: William Greaves in Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One

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Man with a Plan: William Greaves in Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One

We don’t often talk about documentaries as featuring performances. But consider the highly performative people at the centers of Grey Gardens, General Idi Amin Dada, and last year’s The Act of Killing, or even the seemingly more modest souls …

By Michael Koresky

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The Long Day Closes: In His Own Good Time
The Long Day Closes: In His Own Good Time

Terence Davies beckons the viewer into a private world of moods and sensations with this exquisite childhood reverie.

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray
Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray

Satyajit Ray was ailing when he made them, but these three works from the great filmmaker’s final years show an artist at the height of his powers.

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder
Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder

From the beginning, it was clear that Rainer Werner Fassbinder was destined to shake up German cinema.

By Michael Koresky

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The Witch Upstairs: Patsy Kelly in Rosemary’s Baby

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The Witch Upstairs: Patsy Kelly in Rosemary’s Baby

In Rosemary’s Baby, one of the first exclamations that Minnie Castevet (Ruth Gordon) makes on hearing the news that her young neighbor Rosemary (Mia Farrow) is expecting a little bundle of joy is “I can’t wait to tell Laura-Louise!” Earlier…

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 38: Kobayashi Against the System
Eclipse Series 38: Kobayashi Against the System

Four of the great Japanese director’s lesser-known, early films show the coming into being of a political artist.

By Michael Koresky

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In Time: Emmanuelle Riva in Hiroshima mon amour

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In Time: Emmanuelle Riva in Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour (1959) is a groundbreaking portrait of a world come undone. Even more memorably, thanks to the brilliant precision of Emmanuelle Riva’s performance, it’s a study of a woman unraveling. In this first leading role in an astonish…

By Michael Koresky

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Pain and Nourishment: Kirin Kiki in Still Walking

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Pain and Nourishment: Kirin Kiki in Still Walking

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Still Walking is an exquisitely lived-in portrayal of family life. It takes place largely over the course of one day, at the home of the aging Yokoyamas, Toshiko (Kirin Kiki) and Kyohei (Yoshio Harada), as they welcome visiting …

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures
Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

British wartime audiences ate up these rule-breaking costume pictures—entertainments for a populace seeking escapism.

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation
Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation

Trained as a musician, Jean Grémillon became one of French cinema’s most lyrical artists. His most beloved films were made during World War II.

By Michael Koresky

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Mrs. Malaise: Sigourney Weaver in The Ice Storm

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Mrs. Malaise: Sigourney Weaver in The Ice Storm

Of all the stultified suburban folks in The Ice Storm, Ang Lee’s diamond-sharp adaptation of Rick Moody’s novel about two Connecticut families in the early seventies, Sigourney Weaver’s Janey Carver might appear the least in need of attention. …

By Michael Koresky

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Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.
Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

These five films chart the unlikely ascendance of a hero of American underground cinema.

By Michael Koresky

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