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The great Andrew Sarris—dean of American film critics, thorn in the side of Pauline Kael, and the man who introduced the auteur theory to America—passed away last June at the age of 83. In an inspired piece of programming, Anthology Film Archives and guest programmer C. Mason Wells have chosen to honor Sarris with a baker's dozen of American rarities that, even with Kubrick at the IFC, Cimino at Film Forum and Rivette at Bam this weekend, must be the best show in town.
Sarris’s seminal book The American Cinema, Directors and Directions 1929-1968 was a bible to a generation of cinephiles (J. Hoberman publicly kissed his copy of it at the New York Film Critics Circle tribute to Sarris this year), a book that was both revered and disparaged for its canny cataloguing system. Sarris famously divided the roster of American directors »
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Dario Argento Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Darren Bousman introducing Argento's directorial debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage." Dario Argento's acclaimed directorial debut emerged from a successful writing career that encompassed everything from movie criticism to contributions to westerns like Five Man Army and Once Upon a Time in the West. He enlisted his father, producer Salvatore Argento, to help fund what would become a landmark in the Italian giallo genre, whose origins many link to Mario Bava's The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Evil Eye in its alternate Us version). Although there are also echoes of Bava's Blood and Black Lace, much of the plot is inspired by Fredric Brown's novel The Screaming Mimi (filmed by Gerd Oswald in 1958). Coproduced with Germany's Ccc Films which expected an Edgar Wallace style thriller and was put off by the level of violence. Ennio Morricone's score is disturbingly sexy. »
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