November/December 2016

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Steadicam I: Interview
By John Bailey
Garrett Brown, inventor of the body rig that changed the way we see movies—and maybe our world—walks the veteran cinematographer through its legacy

Steadicam II: Essay
By Eric Hynes
It’s not just about smooth moves: from Goodfellas to Boogie Nights to Before Sunset, the device has proven a versatile tool for expressing states of being

Jim Jarmusch on Paterson
By Amy Taubin
Routine matters: the filmmaker reflects on his tale of a bus driver poet and on finding the lyrical in the everyday

By Molly Haskell
Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert push their propensity for funny games to its logical endpoint in their latest provocation

Pablo Larraín on Jackie and Neruda
By José Teodoro
The Chilean auteur discusses his new films on the arduous aftermath of JFK’s assassination and the dreamy ambitions of his own country’s star poet

Manchester by the Sea
By Michael Koresky
Kenneth Lonergan returns to the deep well of sadness that informs his singularly grief-stricken American cinema

The Marginalization of Cinema
By Kent Jones
Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated—and miss the thorny truths about how movies are changing

The Art of VFX
By Violet Lucca
Working in the shadows of nearly all the movies you watch are digital craftspeople—an entire class of artisans awaiting recognition

Gay Film Today
By Mark Harris
More Americans are in support of gay rights than ever before. So why are representations of gay characters in contemporary cinema at a withering low?

Poetry and Cinema
By Andrew Chan
Movies are often called poetic, but what does that really mean? Three new films about poets present new readings

Bresson’s Writings
By Dan Sullivan
The ascetic French master showed that his philosophies were as clear on the page as they were on the screen


THE PRE-SHOW | News, views, conversations, and other things to get worked up about
News, Inspired: James Gray on The Lost City of Z, Release Me: Julia Ducournau’s Raw by Nicolas Rapold, Directions: Warren Beatty by Nicolas Rapold, Restoration Row: Albert Lewin’s The Living Idol by Max Nelson, and Peevish

Five critics rate and comment on new releases

OFF THE PAGE | The art of getting from book to screen
Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women by Durga Chew-Bose

FINEST HOUR | One actor, one performance