Director: Denis

Claire Denis

This conversation was originally published on, an interesting site that invited pairs of writers to tackle a single subject over the span of a month.

Sep 29, 2015
Category: Essays, Festivals, Film, Interviews

Bastards (2013)

This was originally published in the 2013 Muriels countdown.

Mar 8, 2014
Category: Film

2009 SFIFF Diary 2

Heddy Honigmann’s Oblivion, Frazer Bradshaw’s Everything Strange and New, Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum (yes, again), Javor Gardev’s Zift, and Mikheil Kalatozishvili’s Wild Field.

Apr 30, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Claire Denis: Dancing Reveals So Much

This interview was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Apr 14, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

TIFF ’08 Wrap-Up

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I saw, more or less in order of preference. I’m never sure how to handle the Wavelengths shorts, so I’ve included several of them that I thought were especially strong and arbitrarily omitted others. Wavelengths was, without question, the highlight of TIFF for me this year.

Sep 16, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film

Magic and Loss

How’s this for a strange association? While marveling at Lou Reed’s performance Wednesday night, I kept thinking of Michel Subor.

May 2, 2008
Category: Film, Music

Beau Travail and Britten’s Billy Budd

But the emotional effect of the music — on me, at least — is anything but ironic. In true Melvillian fashion, this is an epic battle of Drama and Meaning, the most epic battle, in fact, if we recall our fuzzy memories of the Christian symbolism that permeates Billy Budd. Granted, Denis strips away most of those symbols, but the central conflict of the film remains mostly unchanged.

Dec 2, 2005
Category: Film, Film Responses

Ten Years Gone (and other things)

I’m afraid that Long Pauses is fast becoming an outlet for end-of-the-week rambles, written while I drink away a Friday afternoon. The following is an incomplete list of topics I would cover at much greater length and with much greater insight given the time, energy, and inclination.

Jun 3, 2005
Category: Music, Song of the Moment

Safeway Cart

The new Song of the Moment, Neil Young’s “Safeway Cart,” scores a scene in which the Legionnaires march through a rocky desert, one of their many meaningless exercises in the film. It plays like a dirge and is one of Beau Travail’s few explicit references to the Christian allegory at play.

May 15, 2005
Category: Music, Song of the Moment

SFIFF 2005

San Francisco, in case this hasn’t been said often enough, is a great city, and I spent most of my time there doing all of the touristy things one is obligated to do during a first visit — riding cable cars, walking through Muir Woods, taking pictures of the Golden Gate bridge, browsing through record and book shops, and eating to the point of exhaustion.

Apr 28, 2005
Category: Festivals, Film