Betsy Sherman

Film Review: At Harvard Film Archive –“The Complete Luchino Visconti”

May 30, 2018
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Luchino Visconti made theatrically tinged movies driven by music, indebted to painting, sculpture, architecture, and literature—he accomplished, dare I say, a fusion of the arts.

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Film Review: “Spettacolo” — A Tuscan Town “That Plays Itself”

April 2, 2018
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The landscape and architecture are beautifully photographed, but more important are the array of faces and the music of the voices.

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Film Review: “Tehran Taboo” — Mesmerizing Animation

February 12, 2018
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Tehran Taboo –- which never would have been allowed to be filmed in its title city—is technically accomplished in its often gorgeous visuals and its textured sound design.

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Film Review: “Safe in Hell” — A Fallen Woman Picture and a Sleazy Buddy Movie

November 14, 2017
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Dorothy Mackaill is riveting as Gilda, a wronged working woman turned prostitute in the no-options depths of Depression-era New Orleans.

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Film Review: “Finding Kukan” at the BAAFF — A Compelling Detective Story

October 19, 2017
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Finding Kukan is a compelling detective story covering the fields of World War II history and film preservation.

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Film Review: The Complete Jean Renoir — Time for a Fascinating Experiment

July 19, 2017
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The Testament of Dr. Cordelier is not a horror movie –it is more of a dark comedy.

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Film Review: “Democracy Through the Looking Glass” — Take a Good Look

July 9, 2017
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The interviewees sound warnings about how we have self-sorted, online and in the real world, into echo-chamber communities of like-minded people.

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Film Review “Spettacolo” and “One October” at the IFFBoston

April 28, 2017
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From the homogeneous small town of Spettacolo, we travel to One October‘s ethnic gumbo of eight million in New York City.

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Film Review: “Sylvio” and “Tormenting the Hen” at the IFFBoston

April 27, 2017
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The absurdist comedy Sylvio suffers from chronic low energy, but Tormenting the Hen is mysterious and magnetic.

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Film Review: Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy — Three memorable Creations: “Marius” (1931), “Fanny” (1932), and “César” (1936)

March 10, 2017
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Marcel Pagnol’s great Marseille Trilogy is a tragicomic love story set on the bustling, sun-drenched docks of a Mediterranean port.

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