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Friedkin's Anti-Capital Punishment Doc "The People vs. Paul Crump" Resonates, 50 Years Later

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 29, 2014 9:48 AM
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Long before making "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," 27-year-old newbie director William Friedkin made "The People vs. Paul Crump," a 1962 gritty TV documentary noir that feels totally of its moment and ahead of its time, both in its content and style.

How Will Lionsgate Spin Upcoming Release by Convicted Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 20, 2014 2:20 PM
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Dinesh D'Souza may lay claim to the fourth-highest grossing documentary ever released in the U.S. ("2016: Obama's America"), but he also has another distinction for the record books: He's the first such documentary filmmaker to be convicted of breaking the law. The director pleaded guilty to one count of violating campaign finance laws, and could face 10-16 months behind bars.

Will Kathryn Bigelow's New Post-9/11 Project "True American" Draw Right-Wing Attacks?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 15, 2014 10:26 AM
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Katheryn Bigelow's films have often provided a lightning rod for political debate on both sides of the spectrum. Both conservatives and liberals have attacked her films "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" for being both pro-war and anti-war, celebrating torture or condemning torture. I have related my own views on the subject, particularly with respect to "The Hurt Locker," but I wonder what the pundits will think of her recently announced new project, "The True American," an anti-death penalty, pro-immigrant story of rehabilitation and forgiveness?

It's the End of the World as We Know It and Don't Feel Fine

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 15, 2014 9:05 AM
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Eight years after "The Inconvenient Truth" made "climate change" a household (though hotly contested) word, nature is out of whack. So what has pop culture done to help foist change and save the planet? Can filmmakers big and small, from Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") to Jennifer Baichwal ("Watermark") keep the dialogue going? Or are our nation's leaders immune to the facts and prepared to plunge all of us into a future marked by environmental disasters that even Hollywood couldn't foresee?

American Provincialism and the Disappearance of Foreign Language Cinema

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 7, 2014 10:18 AM
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The unsaid subtext in my recent Indiewire article "The Lonely Subtitle: Here's Why U.S. Audiences Are Abandoning Foreign-Language Films" has more to do with the American viewing audience than the industry shifts outlined in the story. Because I was writing a reported piece for a news outlet, I focused on the quantifiable: box office drops; the disappearance of foreign films on Netflix; the lack of other significant ancillary platforms. But what's also deeply worrisome, as Adam Tawfik notes in the comments section of the piece, is that "this sadly correlates to a larger sense of isolationism. America (and probably the rest of the world) is stuck in this mentality that their culture is the only worthwhile culture."

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