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John Powers

John Powers is film critic at Vogue and critic at large for NPR’s Fresh Air. He is the author of the book Sore Winners, an analysis of American culture during the Bush years.

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On Jules and Jim
On Jules and Jim

When François Truffaut was a twenty-three-year-old film critic, in 1955, he read an autobiographical first novel by a seventy-four-year-old writer, Henri-Pierre Roché. “The book overwhelmed me,” he later recalled, “and I wrote: If I ever succ…

By John Powers

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Identification of a Woman: The Women in the Window
Identification of a Woman: The Women in the Window

“For a long time I stayed away from the Acropolis,” says the narrator of Don DeLillo’s novel The Names. “It daunted me, that somber rock. I preferred to wander in the modern city, imperfect, blaring. The weight and moment of those worked ston…

By John Powers

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Salò

By John Powers

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Breathless

Many great movies are classics. A few stand as landmarks. The merest handful—perhaps four or five in a century—deserve to be called revolutions. Breathless belongs unequivocally in the final category. Since its first screening in 1960, Jean-Luc G…

By John Powers