Author Spotlight

Mark Polizzotti

Mark Polizzotti’s books include Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton and a monograph on Luis Buñuel’s Los olvidados. He is director of publications at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Orpheus: Through a Glass, Amorously
Orpheus: Through a Glass, Amorously

“It is much less a film than it is myself,” Jean Cocteau wrote to a friend at the time he was making Orpheus (1950), “a kind of projection of the things that are important to me.” As with many of Cocteau’s programmatic statements, this one …

By Mark Polizzotti

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Last Year at Marienbad: Which Year at Where?
Last Year at Marienbad: Which Year at Where?

So much critical ink has been shed over Last Year at Marienbad that one might wonder if the flood of commentary, once receded, would take the film along with it. Alain Resnais’ second feature has been lavishly praised and royally slammed; awarded t…

By Mark Polizzotti

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The Milky Way: Easy Striders

From the moment Luis Buñuel released his iconic Un chien andalou in 1929, ushering avant-garde cinema out of its infancy with the slice of an eyeball, it was clear how much he relished shocking his audiences. But audiences had changed by the time of…

By Mark Polizzotti