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Lost in the Stars

Minnesota Opera’s production of The Grapes of Wrath last month invited comparisons to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, as does this new production by another, smaller local company. Is a trend afoot? Lost in the Stars is a jazzy American opus calling for a largely black cast, though its composer is Kurt Weill, better known for […]


Jan Svankmajer could be the weirdest filmmaker in the world, an artist whose troubled subconscious seems to dictate his every move. His latest, Lunacy, is loosely based on two Edgar Allan Poe short stories and “inspired” by the Marquis de Sade. It’s the story of a poor fellow who, upon returning from his mother’s funeral, […]

Michael Moore

You’d think the corporate-HQ-storming antics depicted in Michael Moore’s breakout feature Roger & Me (and his too-short-lived TV Nation) would be enjoying a full-on revival in this heyday for reality–TV and Enronic corporate America. But no—this relentless agitator’s most regular exposure comes by way of his much-forwarded Internet missives in the wake of 9/11. (The […]

To Be and To Have

Georges Lopez teaches. The point of Nicolas Philibert’s documentary, filmed for six months in Lopez’s little one-room schoolhouse in rural France, is to show us exactly what that means. Surrounded by a gaggle of kids ages four to ten, the stern but grandfatherly Lopez clearly lives for his work—and indeed, he literally lives above the […]

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