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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Thursday, 18 Oct 2018 - 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.
Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 - 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.
Monday, 6 Aug 2018 - 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.
Sunday, 15 Oct 2017 - "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.
Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 - 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.
Thursday, 20 Oct 2016 - 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.
Monday, 3 Oct 2016 - I am grateful to report that this year not a single big slick manipulative commercial blockbuster movie was included.
Sunday, 11 Oct 2015 - 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.
Sunday, 4 Oct 2015 - 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.
Friday, 24 Jul 2015 - Painting in the Berkshires profoundly changed my life. I’d painted throughout my youth and when I first started teaching English in New York, but demands of family and profession soon crowded all that out, though I always thought of it as my first love.