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From the Archives: Reading Alan Sillitoe

“Albert Finney…is a very exceptional specimen” —The New York Times, review of the 1960 film SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING, based on the novel by Alan Sillitoe.

I was remembering the author Alan Sillitoe, who died in 2010 and found this great, over-the top promo. Sillitoe was a British, working-class writer who came up with the likes of Kingsley Amis, but rejected the Angry Young Man title given to Amis and his ilk. I’m not sure what he ultimately thought of the film, but the adaptation was a success and helped launch actor Albert Finney’s career as a film star (after he’d already wowed em on stage). Sillitoe’s novel, and his other work, especially the short story collection Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner deserves a second and third look. Tin House Magazine published a lost and found essay I wrote about Loneliness in their “Touch and Go” issue and I did an interview for them with Sillitoe in their “Winter Reading” issue (2006).

Film Review

Film Review: Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams for Bomb Magazine

Werner Herzog wants us to be aliens. The filmmaker is a man from outer space. His wide-eyed wonder sometimes tries my patience, as showing around an out of towner can begin as an opportunity to have a chance encounter with my own city but quickly becomes obnoxious. One can’t go around marveling at every skyscraper. But is it an adaptive skill to take these marvels of engineering for granted or have our aesthetic senses become too dull to marvel?

Read the rest at Bomb Magazine’s blog here

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Directed by Werner Herzog. Photo by Marc Valesella
Film Interview

Interview with Juliette Binoche for Bomb Magazine

I sat down with the actress to discuss her new film Certified Copy.

Essay Film

Essay on The Future of Documentary Film for Bomb Magazine

I wrote a critical essay for Bomb focusing on the narrative innovations of Oscar-nominated documentaries Restrepo, Wasteland and Gasland. Check it out here.

Photo courtesy of “Wasteland” and Vic Muniz Studio