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Leonard Quart

Leonard Quart is Professor Emeritus of Cinema — CUNY and COSI; Contributing Editor, Cineaste; Columnist for Berkshire Eagle; and co-author of American Film and Society Since 1945 —4th Edition (Praeger).

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FILM REVIEW: ‘One Life’ directed by James Hawes

Neither the past nor present is treated with great psychological or political complexity in the film. The performances are uniformly first rate, but they demand little nuance.

LEONARD QUART: The world darkens

Trump has no use for democracy, and that is what makes him the most dangerous of American political figures

LEONARD QUART: January days

One morning, I walk to one of the many Village theaters that show art films. This time it is "Origin" (2023), directed by Ava DuVernay.

LEONARD QUART: Trying to be positive

There are times I get the chance to observe neighborhoods outside the blocks I inhabit and walk about daily. On these walks and rides, I look for signs that the city is recovering.

FILM REVIEW: ‘All of Us Strangers’ directed by Andrew Haigh

The film centers on Adam (Andrew Scott), a gay, depressed screenwriter who revisits his childhood and his relationship with his parents, who died 30 years ago in an accident.

FILM REVIEW: Fred Cayayé’s ‘Farewell, Mr. Haffmann’

Cayayé’s film is based on the stage play by Jean-Philippe Daguerre and was performed in France, where it won a number of awards. It is essentially a character study—devoid of stylistic flourishes—and a serious, solid, and intelligent work.

LEONARD QUART: The everyday and the larger world

It feels good bouncing ideas off friends, and trying to hone my perceptions and avoid Manichaean rhetoric.

LEONARD QUART: Quiet Thanksgiving days

The neighborhood lacks energy and drama on this silent day after Thanksgiving, and I quickly retreat to my computer and apartment. Somehow, however, I miss seeing and hearing an angry pro-Palestinian rally in nearby Washington Square Park, where 2,000 protesters gathered with a laundry list of demands.

LEONARD QUART: The public world is a dangerous morass

The future only looks desolate, unless both sides of the struggle in the Middle East decide that survival of the region is more significant than body counts.

FILM REVIEW: ‘A Still Small Voice’ directed by Luke Lorentzen

The film stands as a radiant evocation of how difficult it is for everyone involved—chaplains and patients—to deal with mortality.

LEONARD QUART: Middle East apocalypse

For whatever qualms and caveats I feel about Israeli’s repressive occupation, I have profound historical and tribal feelings for its continued existence.

LEONARD QUART: Remembering simpler times to escape the constant cycle of bad news

When I become inundated with such news, I tend to escape into early memories. They are rarely idyllic ones, but it gives me pleasure remembering simpler times.

LEONARD QUART: Walking and looking

I like the older New York feeling of the street and find myself moved to walk at a faster pace than usual, as if being there has suddenly revitalized me and made me feel years younger.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Brief Encounters’ directed by Kira Muratova

Muratova centers the film on its female characters' memories and tribulations, but it is not a feminist work.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Scrapper’ directed by Charlotte Regan

"Scrapper," writer-director Charlotte Regan’s first film, offers a more sentimental and cute take on the same territory of Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold and is clearly more commercial and lighter in its intentions.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Between Two Worlds’ opens at New York’s Quad Cinema on August 11

Arriving at dawn, making 60 beds an hour, and scrubbing toilets is onerous. Whatever camaraderie exists, these workers' lives remain hard. Though, the film does not offer an explicit critique of the system that sustains this kind of exploitative labor.
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