David D'Arcy

Film Festival Reviews: TIFF 2023 — Corruption and Cops

September 14, 2023
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Reviews of three films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival that draw connections between class, violence, and politics.

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Visual Arts Review: At the Met in New York — A Fashion Factory and an Enslaved Assistant to Velásquez

July 10, 2023
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Two exhibitions merit a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art — but soon. Each closes July 16.

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Film Reviews: Tribeca Film Fest Docs 2 — A Troubled Swedish Family, Rock Hudson, and More

June 29, 2023
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More reviews of noteworthy documentaries at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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Film Reviews: Tribeca Docs — An Artist Confronts Iran’s Mullahs, Culture Rebuilds in Ukraine

June 21, 2023
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By David D’Arcy At the Tribeca Film Festival this year, documentaries led the way as usual. A Revolution on Canvas (Untitled Nicky Nodjoumi), directed by Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi, is an ambitious look at one family’s experience of the Iranian dynastic dictatorship and its successor, the Iranian Islamic revolution. The film is the story…

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Film Review: “The Museum of the Revolution” – Mother and Child in a Mausoleum of Socialism

June 6, 2023
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The Museum of the Revolution resonates with other powerful documentaries that feel like fairy tales set in a dangerous world.

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Film Review: “A Difficult Life” – A Satiric Italian Gem About a Likable Rogue

June 5, 2023
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The first American release of a 1961 Italian comic treasure that spoofs corruption in postwar Italy.

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Visual Arts Review: Zoya Cherkassky – An Immigrant Paints the Other Israel

April 29, 2023
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Her hope for Israel today, Zoya Cherkassky told me, is the evolution of a multi-racial society that she hopes will ensure its survival.

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Film Review: Mass Murder, the Prequel — “Measures of Men” Exposes Germany’s Bloody Colonial Past

March 29, 2023
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The film’s depictions of race-based massacres are sure to make Germans uncomfortable — as preludes to the Shoah.

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Film Reviews: Golda and Sean at the Berlin International Film Festival

March 4, 2023
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This year’s Berlin International Film Festival launched a couple of films aimed at a mass audience. The results were mixed.

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Film Review: The Love Barge – Nicolas Philibert’s “On the Adamant” Wins Top Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival

February 28, 2023
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Veteran director Nicolas Philibert’s inspiring documentary about the humane treatment of the mentally ill touched the Berlin jurors in what was a generally disappointing competition.

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