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  • Second Time Around

    published December 3, 1997

    "Voices of the Visionaries" When Andre Breton first saw the paintings of Kay Sage in 1938, he assumed the artist was a man. Why? Because... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published December 3, 1997

    An Average Little Man Like film noir, neo-realism continued to thrive long after its "golden age," as Mario Monicelli's blistering 1977... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published November 19, 1997

    Tranny Fest The most shocking thing about Tranny Fest, the "Transgender and Transgenre Cinema" daylong program of videos and films, is that... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published November 12, 1997

    New Italian Cinema In 1994, Wim Wenders railed against U.S. demands for greater access to European movie screens: "The Americans not only... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published November 12, 1997

    Forbidden Animation For Forbidden Animation, Karl Cohen, who teaches animation history at S.F. State and is the author of a recent book... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published November 5, 1997

    Film Arts Festival In spite of their limitations compared to feature films, shorts offer unique challenges and rewards. They're the visual... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published October 29, 1997

    Antonio Gaudi This brief (72-minute) tribute to the visionary Spanish architect Gaudi (1852-1926) by Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the... More >>

  • Darkness Visible

    published October 22, 1997

    The continuous, nagging presence of film noir on the cultural landscape since the 1940s can't be explained by mere nostalgia; otherwise we'd be... More >>

  • Valley Ho!

    published October 8, 1997

    Bad Manners This is a wonderfully funny, brittle update of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Director Jonathan Kaufer, adapting David... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published October 1, 1997

    Markopoulos: Seconds in Eternity Gregory Markopoulos, called by one critic "the American avant-garde cinema's supreme erotic poet," was an... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published October 1, 1997

    Jailhouse Rock/Viva Las Vegas In an era when no corner of the pop-culture past is safe from recycling, it's a real question why nobody's... More >>

  • Up in the Valley

    published October 1, 1997

    Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? The Life & Music of Robert Johnson The life and legacy of Robert Johnson, called "king of the Delta blues... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published September 24, 1997

    Eight Annual Black Filmworks Festival of Film and Video The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame celebrates its eighth anniversary this year with... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published September 3, 1997

    Boyfriends A queer Big Chill, or a Boys in the Band for the '90s. Like Mart Crowley's famous unhappy homosexuals, the "boyfriends" of this... More >>

  • Love! Valour! Queer Cinema!

    published June 18, 1997

    ALIVE AND KICKING Britain's Channel 4 excels at engaging, literate gay dramas, and in this case also manages to avoid the maudlin... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published June 4, 1997

    The Scarlet Empress/A The Scarlet Empress (1934), the sixth of Josef von Sternberg's seven collaborations with Marlene Dietrich, is to... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published May 21, 1997

    "Hollywood Before the Code" The Roxie continues to enhance its reputation as the House of Deviance with this 20-film tribute to so-called... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published May 14, 1997

    Black Rose II This new kung fu comedy by Corey Yuen and Jeff Lau (Fong Sai Yuk) proves that Hong Kong is still capable of churning out... More >>

  • The S.F. International Film Fest, Week 2

    published April 30, 1997

    * Indicates films recommended by our reviewers. The Age of Possibilities (France, 1996) * Unsettled young Americans may find... More >>

  • Past Forward

    published April 23, 1997

    * Indicates films recommended by our reviewers. Thursday, April 24 (Opening Night) 7 p.m. Bliss (U.S.A., 1997) This movie... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published April 23, 1997

    "Grindhouse Cinema" Somewhere in the annals of lowbrow culture, the innocent pronoun "she" was gleefully appropriated to denote distaff... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published April 23, 1997

    "Grrrls in Trouble!" The riot grrrl is thought to be a '90s phenomenon, but a glance at one of the cinematic backwaters of the past shows... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published April 9, 1997

    The Osher Marin Jewish Film Festival The Bay Area has become the nation's center for independent film exhibition, and April begins the... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published April 2, 1997

    "Hard as Hell: The Lost Gay Erotica of Fred Halsted" Porn is the ultimate cinematic disposable, narrowly focused to get its audience off... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published March 26, 1997

    Ordet A resurrection is usually the stuff of vampire movies and Christian fantasies, but Carl Dreyer's masterful Ordet (1955), which pivots... More >>

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