Category: Essays

The Strange Little Cat (Zurcher, 2013)

This article was originally published at 2013 AFI Fest.

Low Life (Klotz and Perceval, 2011)
Les rendez-vous d'Anna (Akerman, 1978)

This essay was originally published at Mubi.

Tren de Sombras (Guerin, 1997)

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

RR (Benning, 2008)
Vanda Trilogy (Pedro Costa)

This essay was originally published in Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema (2008), edited by Kenneth Morefield for Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Bad Lieutenant (Ferrara)

To watch the body of Abel Ferrara’s films, as I’ve tried my best to do over the last month and a half, is to see a man wrestling obsessively — sadomasochistically, even — with the Irrational. The stylized violence, the scenery-chewing performances, the gratuitous and exploitative female nudity — all are window dressing. What’s at stake here is nothing less than the very possibility of grace.

In the Bathtub of the World (Zahedi, 2000)

This essay was presented at the 2005 conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

Opening Night (Cassavetes, 1977)
The Big Parade (Vidor, 1925)

Note: Writing an entry for an encyclopedia intended for high school and college libraries, as it turns out, is a lot like writing an undergraduate research paper: the concerns seem to be quantity rather than quality, breadth rather than depth. I found the process more than a bit maddening.