I would like to invite you to the screening of El Puma de Quelepa at the 2017 AFI Latin American Film Festival, as part of its selection of the best filmmaking from Latinoamérica. The first screening is this coming October 3rd at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in DC metro area. Hope to see you there! More information here: https://silver.afi.com/Browsing/EventsAndExperiences/EventDetails/0000000008
Tributes to the pioneering director of “Jeanne Dielman” and “No Home Movie”
Chantal Akerman, whose movies revolutionized both feminist and structuralist cinema, has died at the age of 65. Her death leaves a gap as incalculable as her impact on the history of cinema; that she died, according to Le Monde, by her own hand is almost unfathomable. News of her death reaches the U.S. just a day before “No Home Movie’s” first screenings at the New York Film Festival…
A. O. Scott offers a challenge to the Yelp era, when everyone is a critic.
Is snobbery dead?
Before exploring the possible answers — Mais non! Good riddance! Who cares? — we should perhaps define our terms. The word “snob” has a contested etymology and an interestingly tangled set of uses. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (no second-rate sources here; what do you take me for?), it originated in the 18th century as a term for a shoemaker. For much of the 19th century, it was used to refer to persons of “no breeding.” According to the Oxford website, “in time the word came to describe someone with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who looks down on those regarded as socially inferior.” A pretender. A poser. A wannabe. An arriviste.