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CINEASTE, VOL. XLV, NO. 2, SPRING 2020

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ARTICLES Outgrowing Little Women by J. E. Smyth The author pinpoints what director Greta Gerwig has found in Alcott’s Little Womenthat other adapters hadn’t, but also what’s been lost in fashioning her new film version. 8 Appealing to the Heart or the Head?: The History Lessons of Julia Reichert by Darragh O’Donoghue The documentarian’s fifty-year immersion in feminist and working class issues is laudable if limited, the author writes, on the occasion of a nationwide touring retrospective. 20 Mark Rappaport’s Essay Films by Phillip Lopate Whether shorts or feature-length works, the filmmaker’s meditations on the movies delve deeply into personalities, production methods, sexuality, and politics. 30

INTERVIEWS Blowing the Whistle on Corporate Crime: An Interview with Todd Haynes by Richard Porton The director of Safeand Carolwades into Dark Waters, and finds a true crime saga with a lone hero and countless victims, including—no kidding—every viewer of the film. 4 The Zero Degree of Filmmaking: An Interview with Pedro Costa by Sean Nam Discussing Vitalina Varela, the Portuguese filmmaker explains his working method and how he reduces the trappings of cinema to capture the raw essence of his subjects. 14 Metaphors, Dreams, and History: An Interview with Patricio Guzmán and Renate Sachse by Declan McGrath The filmmakers’ trilogy—which began with Nostalgia for the Lightand The Pearl Button— ends with The Cordillera of Dreams, a metaphorical contemplation of the Andes mountains and the 1973 coup, both of which define their native Chile. 26 A Biopic Should Entertain As Well As Inspire: An Interview with Kasi Lemmons by Maria Garcia The director describes how for her Harriet Tubman biopic she took the escaped slave and abolitionist activist off the pedestal and found the person behind the legend. 34

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.CINEASTE.COM The Family Business: An Interview with Rosalie Varda about Varda by Agnèsby Rodney F. Hill. Zombi Childand the Spaces of Cinema: An Interview with Bertrand Bonello by Joe McElhaney and David A. Gerstner. Film Reviews: Rachel Carey’s Ask for Jane reviewed by Angela Bonavoglia and Michael Apted’s 63 Upreviewed by William Hepner. Blu-ray Reviews: Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory reviewed by David Sterritt; Kazuo Hara’s The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches Onreviewed by David Neary; Richard Benjamin’s My Favorite Yearreviewed by Jonathan Murray; Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killersreviewed by Robert Cashill; and Bill Forsyth’s Local Heroreviewed by Graham Fuller. Book Reviews: Morgan Adamson’s Enduring Images: A Future History of New Left Cinemareviewed by Irina Trocan, and Alexandra Seibel’s Visions of Vienna: Narrating the City in 1920s and 1930s Cinemareviewed by Christoph Huber. Communiqués: The Thessaloniki Film Festival by Jonathan Murray. On the Cover: Cynthia Erivo stars as the legendary abolitionist and political activist in Kasi Lemmons’s biopic, Harriet.

FILM REVIEWS Harriet Reviewed by Page R. Laws..........................38 Parasite Reviewed by Robert Koehler.......................40 Queen & Slim Reviewed by Mary F. Corey.........................42 The Irishman Reviewed by Jonathan Murray....................44 Motherless Brooklyn Reviewed by Megan Feeney.........................47 Marriage Story Reviewed by Graham Fuller............................50 Uncut Gems Reviewed by Glenn Heath Jr. .........................52

HOME VIDEO REVIEWS War and Peace Reviewed by David Sterritt..........................54 The Man Between Reviewed by Jonathan Kirshner.................56 Matewan Reviewed by Charles Maland.....................58 All About Eve Reviewed by Catherine Russell...................60 The Far Country Reviewed by Christopher Sharrett..............61 Fragment of an Empire Reviewed by Stuart Liebman......................63 Staff Recommendations: The 3-D Nudie-Cuties Collection, Christmas in July, Intimacy, Kundun, and The Man in the White Suit Reviewed by Cineaste Editors.....................65

BOOK REVIEWS Rewriting Indie Cinema: Improvisation, Psychodrama, and the Screenplay The Art of American Screen Acting: 1960 to Today Virtuoso: Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic and Beyond Method: Stella Adler and the Male Actor Reviewed by Nicholas Forster....................66 Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan and When the Movies Mattered: The New Hollywood Revisited Reviewed by Christopher Bray....................68 The Cinema of Louis Malle: Transatlantic Auteur Reviewed by David Sterritt.........................69 The Face on Film Reviewed by Adrian Martin.........................71 Werner Schroeter Reviewed by Jaimey Fisher.........................72 The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist Reviewed by Larry Ceplair..........................73 Conversations with Kiarostami Reviewed by Rahul Hamid..........................75 On Brazil and Global Cinema Reviewed by Jonathan Rosenbaum...........76 America: Films from Elsewhere Reviewed by Steve Erickson.......................77

DEPARTMENTS Editorial...........................................1 Letters..................................................3 Short Takes.........................................80

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