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Topaz – Alfred Hitchcock (1969)

“It’s perfectly apparent from its opening sequence that no one except Alfred Hitchcock, the wise, round, supremely confident storyteller, is in charge of ‘Topaz,’ the film that opened yesterday at the Cinerama Theater. ‘Topaz,’ the code name for a Russian … Continue reading

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I Knew Her Well – Antonio Pietrangeli (1965)

“If there’s anything as thrilling as discovering something new and good, it’s rediscovering something old and great. And the most exciting movie I’ve come across in the past few months—I Knew Her Well by Antonio Pietrangeli—was made in 1965. While … Continue reading

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Marguerite Duras

“Marguerite Duras (1914–1996) is one of France’s most important and interesting intellectual figures. She excelled at being a writer, filmmaker and dramatist. After the Second World War she also worked for a number of years as a journalist for France-Observateur. … Continue reading

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Pierrot le Fou – Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

“Pierrot le Fou (pronounced [pjɛʁo lə fu], French for ‘Crazy Pierrot’) is a 1965 French New Wave film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina. The film is based on the 1962 novel Obsession by Lionel White. It … Continue reading

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Franklin Rosemont

“Franklin Rosemont (2 October 1943 – 12 April 2009) was an American poet, artist, historian, street speaker, and co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group. Over four decades, Franklin produced a body of work, of declarations, manifestos, poetry, collage, hidden histories, … Continue reading

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Sylvère Lotringer (1938 – 2021)

“Sylvère Lotringer (15 October 1938 – 8 November 2021) was a French born literary critic and cultural theorist. Initially based in New York City, he later lived in Los Angeles and Baja California, Mexico. He is best known for synthesizing … Continue reading

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The Manifesto of the 121: French Intellectuals and Decolonization

“As I learned this morning from my Verso Radical Diary, The Manifesto of the 121 was signed on this date in 1960: ‘The Manifesto of the 121 (Full title: Déclaration sur le droit à l’insoumission dans la guerre d’Algérie or … Continue reading

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JACOBIN No.29 / Spring 2018: 1968

“Between us we can change this rotten society. Now, put on your coat and make for the nearest cinema. Look at their deadly love-making on the screen. Isn’t it better in real life? Make up your mind to learn to … Continue reading

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Read It and Weep: Margaret Atwood on the Intimidating, Haunting Intellect of Simone de Beauvoir

“How exciting to learn that Simone de Beauvoir, grandmother of second-wave feminism, had written a novel that had never been published! In French it was called Les inséparables and was said by the journal Les libraires to be a story … Continue reading

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RIP Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Actor Who Went from the French New Wave to Action Superstardom

Mr. Belmondo in “Breathless.” His on-screen mannerisms became global signposts of rebellion. “For quite a stretch, the late Jean-Paul Belmondo was France’s biggest movie star. He also, in what now looks like the greater achievement, stubbornly remained the most French … Continue reading

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