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One never senses judgment from Dano, Kazan, Gyllenhaal, or Mulligan—they recognize that there’s beauty even in the mistakes we make in life. It’s what makes…

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics do, and it makes this difficult character a…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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My Favorite Roger: Anath White

"Last Tango in Paris"

Why do I choose this review of Roger's?

This groundbreaking film has been on my top ten since its 1972 release. Being a feminist, I remain fascinated by Roger's Russ Meyer connection and how, as Chaz describes it, "Roger was a breast man." His writing on sex was provocative fun guaranteed. Especially for any Midwesterner in that time (I'm one, too), this was stepping out there, even (quoting the era's musical, "Hair") "letting one's freak flag fly."

His review of "Last Tango" gets deep inside that still astonishing Bertolucci creation.

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