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Barbara K. Quart

Barbara Quart was a professor of English at the College of Staten Island for 35 years. She also wrote "Women Directors: The Emergence of a New Cinema," and over a hundred articles and reviews for magazines like Ms, Film Quarterly, the Nation, and Cineaste.

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Reflections on the 61st New York Film Festival (Part One)

When I attend this festival, I feel like I am in a temple of the great art of film.

Reflections on the 60th annual New York Film Festival

Every new year at the NYFF has seen an increasingly strong showing in the numbers and the quality of women's work. And this year the presence of women filmmakers is nothing less than stunning.

Reflections on the 2021 New York Film Festival

With joy at being back in a movie theater, Barbara Quart gives us her impressions of the recent New York Film Festival lineup.

58th New York Film Festival goes virtual

It's great that the show goes on, preferable to no festival at all, but viewing a film is so dependent on the full visual experience the director put into it that a given film might have a very different impact under proper viewing conditions.

Going online: Embracing new ways

Though there are no Matisses and Joan Mitchells among us, this juried exhibition, titled “Our Berkshires,” with 51 works by 32 artists, offers a wide range of good work.

REVIEW: New York Film Festival 2019, Part 1

Another film made by a young and talented director to watch for in the future is “Fire will Come” by Olivier Laxe, a wonderfully made Spanish film, beautiful to look at but also enigmatic, shot in a gorgeous mountain area where the love of nature is evident in every frame.

‘Eclipse of the Sun,’ a painting for our time, perhaps a glimpse into the future

What struck me was the fierce angry truth of this hundred-year-old painting -- nothing remote about it in the Trumpian era.

REVIEW: New York Film Festival, Part 2

What I can speak about with great enthusiasm are two excellent documentaries that were part of the festival but not included in the main slate: one about perhaps the greatest filmmaker of them all, Ingmar Bergman; the other about the extraordinary earliest woman director, Alice Guy-Blache.

REVIEW: New York Film Festival, Part 1

The great French film industry has also given us this year the smartest film around, Assayas' “Non-Fiction,” so very French with its focus on art and literature and a touch of politics.

Housatonic Valley Art League rides again into Great Barrington

I return, eager to pick my brushes and go back to my own very small way of blessing life: with my Berkshire garden, with Taft Farms' cut flowers and with preparations for new paintings for the next two Housatonic Valley Art Leagu shows.

REVIEW: 55th New York Film Festival, Part II

"Lady Bird" is the debut feature film by actress Greta Gerwig, known especially as the lead in Noah Baumbach's recent films. It's a girl's coming-of-age movie, a genre as rare as hens' teeth. Baumbach's latest film, 'The Meyerowitz Stories,' was also featured in the festival.

REVIEW: 55th annual New York Film Festival, Part I: The work of remarkable women

For me Anges Varda’s ‘Faces Places’ is very appealing and worth the effort of a trip to the city to see, if it doesn't show up at the Triplex.

Part II: New York Film Festival features women directors, women’s stories

A number of the very best films were made by women directors (though still far fewer than is fair or than one would wish) and numerous films are centered on complicated and arresting women characters.

FILM REVIEW: 54th annual New York Film Festival

I am grateful to report that this year not a single big slick manipulative commercial blockbuster movie was included.

Part II: New York Film Festival, where non-Hollywood work stole the show

Hollywood films in the festival are strategically created, with an eye on the Oscars and the box office; what satisfies my soul are films where imagination needs no help from hi-tech, 3D or any other mechanical source.

Part I: New York Film Festival: Notable for vertiginous opener, Highsmith adaptation  

In "Carol," Cate Blanchett with her dazzling good looks, intensely blonde hair, beautiful clothes of breathtaking colors, creates a gloriously striking presence. The young department store sales clerk played by Rooney Mara is riveted by her and so are we.
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