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1997 Stories by Gregg Rickman

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  • Zoom Lens

    published December 31, 1997

    "Shohei Imamura's Japan" No Babe this -- Shohei Imamura, director of the most bizarre film you've ever seen about pork on the hoof, wanted... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published December 24, 1997

    Early Animation This weekend's six programs of classic American animation (curated by archivist Dennis Nyback and presented at the Minna... More >>

  • The Little Schnook

    published December 17, 1997

    Deconstructing Harry Directed and written by Woody Allen. Starring Allen, Judy Davis, Billy Crystal, and Elisabeth Shue. Opens Christmas... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published December 10, 1997

    "Big City Dreams" Those of us who are city dwellers live in a community of strangers, free perhaps of small-minded mores and the whip hand... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published December 3, 1997

    Films by Nicholas Ray Nicholas Ray was the tormented genius of excessive 1950s cinema. His finest work might have come not in his... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published November 26, 1997

    High School Every year for the past 30, it seems, documentarian Fred Wiseman has flung another deceptively shapeless film profile of one... More >>

  • Second Time

    published November 19, 1997

    "The Exquisite Cinema of Bill Morrison" Anyone who's seen experimental moviemaking in this town is aware of the vogue for "found footage"... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published November 5, 1997

    Up/Down/Fragile In the charming Up/Down/Fragile, made in 1994 but premiering here only now, Jacques Rivette, the quietest and least-known... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published October 29, 1997

    You and Me The humor in Fritz Lang's films is the sarcasm of the damned -- as Gloria Grahame's scarred moll puts it in The Big Heat, she... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published October 22, 1997

    The Horror, The Horror In the 1970s, horror films comprised intelligent alternative cinema in a way the winking, blinking zombie that the... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published October 15, 1997

    4 Little Girls Spike Lee's documentary on the church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four children in September 1963 correctly... 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 8, 1997

    Shock Corridor For about a decade, from films like Pickup on South Street (1953) through to the incendiary Underworld U.S.A. (1961), Sam... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published October 1, 1997

    The Hustler/Hud In his salad days (as opposed to his later salad-dressing days), Paul Newman specialized in playing handsome louts.... 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 10, 1997

    Phantom of the Paradise This 1974 film, the high point of Brian De Palma's career, reworks The Phantom of the Opera as rock musical,... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published September 3, 1997

    Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur's justly celebrated film noir of 1947 set the mold for all of Robert Mitchum's subsequent career -- the... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published September 3, 1997

    M This meticulously restored print of Fritz Lang's classic contains six minutes or so of hitherto lost material that adds atmosphere and... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published August 27, 1997

    A suitable finale for the run of films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder that has been playing in the Bay Area for the last two months. The... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published August 20, 1997

    G.I. Jane Josef von Sternberg once said that he wished his movies would be projected upside down, so that viewers could appreciate their... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published August 20, 1997

    Silents at the Stanford One of the nicer attributes of Palo Alto's Stanford Theater is its insistence on reviving the lost art form of... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published August 13, 1997

    Until the End of the World Wim Wenders went decisively out of fashion with this 1991 film, an interesting international road movie that... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published August 6, 1997

    The Big Sleep The enormous reputation of this convoluted thriller has everything to do with the charisma of stars Humphrey Bogart and... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published July 30, 1997

    World on a Wire Walnut-headed engineer Karl Lswitsch makes some disturbing discoveries while supervising a computerized "artificial... More >>

  • Colder Than Death

    published July 23, 1997

    "Rainer Werner Fassbinder" A retrospective. At the Castro, 429 Castro (at Market), July 25 through Aug. 2. Call 621-6120. Also at the... More >>

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