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Glenn Kenny

Glenn Kenny writes about movies for RogerEbert.com and other publications. He is the author of Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor (2014, Phaidon/Cahiers du cinéma).

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Personal Shopper: Freedom 2016

Personal Shopper: Freedom 2016

In this intimate psychological thriller, Olivier Assayas interrogates contemporary society’s near-religious reliance on technology and its mediation of reality.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Oct 24, 2017
Walter Matthau Sings! (and Other Delights of Hopscotch)
Walter Matthau Sings! (and Other Delights of Hopscotch)

Walter Matthau solidified his reputation as a formidable comedic force in this delightful Cold War espionage romp.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Aug 15, 2017
Rumble Fish: Lose Yourself
Rumble Fish: Lose Yourself

After a string of ill-fated productions, Francis Ford Coppola channeled his feelings of self-doubt in this deeply personal take on S. E. Hinton’s beloved novel.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Apr 25, 2017
Heart of a Dog: Enough Time to Hold Love in Your Grasp
Heart of a Dog: Enough Time to Hold Love in Your Grasp

This elegiac meditation on impermanence showcases Laurie Anderson’s playfully experimental approach to sound and image.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Dec 6, 2016
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: “My Happening”
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: “My Happening”

“King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer injects his transgressive exuberance into this big-studio send-up of Hollywood debauchery.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Sep 28, 2016
Valley of the Dolls: This Merry-Go-Round
Valley of the Dolls: This Merry-Go-Round

The salacious sixties phenomenon of the Dirty Book made its way to the big screen in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s best seller.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Sep 28, 2016
Two Intertwined Semi-Venetian Masterpieces
Two Intertwined Semi-Venetian Masterpieces

Critic Glenn Kenny reveals the connection between two classics: Nicolas Roeg’s film Don’t Look Now and Robert Wyatt’s album Rock Bottom.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Features
Jun 8, 2015
Third Ear Band’s Psychedelic Alchemy in Macbeth
Third Ear Band’s Psychedelic Alchemy in Macbeth

“We were just in London, clubbing, all those things people did in the ’60s in the middle of London,” British actor Francesca Annis recalls, in an interview on the new Criterion release of Macbeth, of “crossing paths” with director Roman Pol…

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Features
Dec 3, 2014
Bad Timing and “Dreaming My Dreams with You”
Bad Timing and “Dreaming My Dreams with You”

As breakup songs go, “Dreaming My Dreams with You,” written by country stalwart Allen Reynolds, is a tear-jerking doozy. It first appeared on the 1975 Waylon Jennings album Dreaming My Dreams. And while it’s been covered pretty frequently, by s…

By Glenn Kenny


Oct 21, 2014
Meet Channing Pollock
Meet Channing Pollock

When I was in high school in the late ’70s, one of my closest pals was a semiprofessional magician. A top-flight pianist as well, Charles was making some tidy sums as an entertainer in restaurants and clubs around North Jersey and New York well bef…

By Glenn Kenny


Jul 17, 2014
Fassbinder’s “Albatross”
Fassbinder’s “Albatross”

At the end of the first part of World on a Wire, the science fiction epic Rainer Werner Fassbinder made for German television in 1973, computer engineer turned company bigwig Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch) has a rude awakening. A colleague informs Fr…

By Glenn Kenny


Jun 27, 2014
There’s a Riot Goin’ On
There’s a Riot Goin’ On

When Walter Wanger conceived the movie that would become Riot in Cell Block 11, he wasn’t thinking in terms of pop culture. The longtime independent film producer, with classics (and Criterion releases) such as Stagecoach and Foreign Correspondent …

By Glenn Kenny


May 1, 2014
Ministry of Fear: Paranoid Style
Ministry of Fear: Paranoid Style

Working in America, German master Fritz Lang contributed to the anti-Nazi effort with this nightmarish, surreal tale of espionage.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Mar 12, 2013
Le doulos: Walking Ghosts
Le doulos: Walking Ghosts

It is pretty much a convention of the hard-boiled gangster picture that most, if not all, of the principal characters wind up dead by the final shot. So it ought not constitute a “spoiler” to note that Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le doulos hews to t

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays
Oct 6, 2008