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Michael Wilmington

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Ran: Apocalypse Song

Ran is the late masterpiece and testament of a great director contemplating his own twilight—and the world’s as well. It’s a tragedy fed by Shakespeare, Noh, and the samurai epic, full of metaphors and grand themes, a film that shows human brut…

By Michael Wilmington


Short Cuts: City Symphony
Short Cuts: City Symphony

Short Cuts is an L.A. jazz rhapsody that represents Robert Altman at an all-time personal peak—and it came at just the right time in his career.

By Michael Wilmington


Secret Honor

Nixon as Hamlet, Nixon as Lear, Nixon as Blanche DuBois, Nixon as Krapp—clutching every last tape to his breast with the wild fury and despair of a man on the precipice . . . Nixon in his study, poring over his past, gazing at his own multiplied mo…

By Michael Wilmington


Tanner ’88:
Robert Altman's Best, For Real

Back in the early Nineties, Tanner ’88 was the movie Robert Altman generally cited as the best work of his career. He has revised his estimate since then, after 1993 often naming his Raymond Carver–inspired ensemble drama Short Cuts or sometimes …

By Michael Wilmington


The Third Man
The Lady Vanishes
The Lady Vanishes

In The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock pushes the romantic comedy-thriller form to perfection. Endlessly imitated, the film remains unique, even in Hitchcock’s canon. In no other movie but North by Northwest was he able to blend these two genres so…

By Michael Wilmington

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The 39 Steps