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AMERICAN PASTORAL

withfbiEwan McGregor’s new adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral is a noble failure.

The screenplay has a complicated structure which keeps Nathan Zuckerman (Roth’s alter ego) two steps removed from his subject Seymour Levov (aka “Swede”). Thus reduced in the screenplay to a framing device, the Nathan Zuckerman character is unable to provide adequate context for a story which appears to run in real time from Swede’s point of view.

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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part One)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by , features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors. The film contains shocking facts that forces us to think about gender inequality on a deeper level than something you post on Twitter: a 0% Oscar nomination for female cinematographers, another 1% for directors, 21% female leads among the above-mentioned films,  etc.read more.

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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Two)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by Caroline Suh, features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors.

Let’s debunk the myth that film is a dream factory, that rather unflattering term – factory.read more.

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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Three)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by Caroline Suh, features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors.

Among the many intriguing answers that were given, three of them stand out: They are not talented enough.read more.

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (2016)

rachelblitzedBased on the New York Times bestseller by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train  (adapted by screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson) follows “Rachel” (Emily Blunt), a self-pitying alcoholic who is the victim of a failed marriage. Her only reprieve is living vicariously through the “perfect” couple whose lives she spies on from her seat on the train.… read more.

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Filmmaker Q&A: Leyla Bouzid

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin

Leyla Bouzid’s new film As I Open My Eyes, was made just as Bouzid now lives. Raised in Tunis, she immigrated to Paris to study in France, earning a degree at the Sorbonne University and film school at the Femis School. Just a few months before the Jasmine Revolution she films her short film thesis project Soubresauts in Tunisia, but returned to France to finish school and make a second short, Zakaria (which earned her a multitude of awards).read more.

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