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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Film Review: “The Compete Luchino Visconti” by Betsy Sherman

Luchino Visconti made theatrically tinged movies driven by music, indebted to painting, sculpture, architecture, and literature—he accomplished, dare I say, a fusion of the arts.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Film Review: “Spettacolo” — A Tuscan Town “That Plays Itself” by Betsy Sherman

The landscape and architecture are beautifully photographed, but more important are the array of faces and the music of the voices.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Film Review: “Tehran Taboo” — Mesmerizing Animation by Betsy Sherman

Tehran Taboo –- which never would have been allowed to be filmed in its title city—is technically accomplished in its often gorgeous visuals and its textured sound design.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Film Review: “Safe in Hell” — A Fallen Woman Picture and a Sleazy Buddy Movie by Betsy Sherman

Dorothy Mackaill is riveting as Gilda, a wronged working woman turned prostitute in the no-options depths of Depression-era New Orleans.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Film Review: The Complete Jean Renoir — Time for a Fascinating Experiment by Betsy Sherman

The Testament of Dr. Cordelier is not a horror movie --it is more of a dark comedy.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Film Review “Spettacolo” and “One October” at the IFFBoston by Betsy Sherman

From the homogeneous small town of Spettacolo, we travel to One October's ethnic gumbo of eight million in New York City.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Film Review: “Sylvio” and “Tormenting the Hen” at the IFFBoston by Betsy Sherman

The absurdist comedy Sylvio suffers from chronic low energy, but Tormenting the Hen is mysterious and magnetic.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Film Review: “Finding Kukan” at the IFFB — A Compelling Detective Story by Betsy Sherman

Finding Kukan is a compelling detective story covering the fields of World War II history and film preservation.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Film Review: Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy — Three memorable Creations: “Marius” (1931), “Fanny” (1932), and “César” (1936) by Betsy Sherman

Marcel Pagnol’s great Marseille Trilogy is a tragicomic love story set on the bustling, sun-drenched docks of a Mediterranean port.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Film Review: Woody Harrelson’s Movie — A So-So Nocturnal Odyssey by Betsy Sherman

There was a good energy to the depiction of movie-Woody’s nocturnal odyssey, and a few funny bits.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Film Preview: Busby Berkeley’s Babylon at the HFA by Betsy Sherman

A 30-film series dedicated to Busby Berkeley, Hollywood’s architect of mind-blowing musical production numbers.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Film Review: “Gimme Danger” — A Fun House Story of The Stooges by Betsy Sherman

The documentary is a highly enjoyable musical and social history of the group and its times.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fuse Film Review: “Demon” — A Beautifully Creepy Dybbuk Yarn by Betsy Sherman

Demon is a powerful movie that, once seen, can’t be easily shaken off.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fuse Commentary: Lenny Bruce — On the 50th Anniversary of his Death by Betsy Sherman

What made the authorities especially eager to tape Lenny Bruce's mouth shut was his vigorous social and religious satire.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “Digging Up Mother” — Bizarro Family Values by Betsy Sherman

Digging Up Mother: A Love Story is Doug Stanhope's disarmingly funny, unexpectedly sweet memoir.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fuse Film Review: “Popstar” — A Chart-busting Comedy by Betsy Sherman

Popstar’s silliness is monumental, and wonderful.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fuse Film Review: “A Bigger Splash” — Romance, Darkly Comic by Betsy Sherman

A Bigger Splash has a pleasing richness wherein the sensual elements bind the individual characters to each other, and to nature.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fuse Film Preview: Silent Film Comedian Raymond Griffith — Sophisticated Slapstick by Betsy Sherman

A rare opportunity to see -- on the big screen -- a film starring Boston-born silent comedian Raymond Griffith, a master of the debonair pratfall.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fuse Film Review: At the IFFBoston — “Boone” by Betsy Sherman

One of the most gorgeous films in recent memory, Boone is sure to give you an appreciation of the enormous work done on Boone Farm.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Fuse Film Review: At the IFFBoston — “Kate Plays Christine” by Betsy Sherman

Actress Kate Lyn Sheil travels to Sarasota to star in a biopic where she will be filmed re-enacting TV broadcaster Christine Chubbuck’s suicide.

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Fuse Film Review: At the IFFB — “Best and Most Beautiful Things” by Betsy Sherman

Garrett Zevgetis’s multi-dimensional documentary about the struggles of Michelle Smith, legally blind and diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, is hardly predictable.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fuse Film Preview: Death and Desire at the Circus — “Varieté” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre by Betsy Sherman

Varieté will be the tenth score composed by a Sheldon Mirowitz class and played by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Fuse Film Review: “The Lady in the Van” — Distilled Alan Bennett by Betsy Sherman

The Lady in the Van is quite enjoyable, but has a significant flaw.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Fuse Film Review: Acknowledging Jean Epstein — Brilliant Maverick Filmmaker and Critic by Betsy Sherman

Jean Epstein's body of work is full of pleasures, surprises, and the revelation that this vigorous director broke ground for filmmakers and cinematic movements to come.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “The Comedians” — A Compelling History of America’s Jesters by Betsy Sherman

I loved this book, and it will hold a cherished place on my comedy book-shelf.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fuse Film Review: “Victor Frankenstein” — Fans of the Monster Will be Gravely Disappointed by Betsy Sherman

Yet another cinematic variation on Mary Shelley's novel -- and this one too often opts for slick jolts of adrenalin over credibility.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Fuse Book Review: Bill Griffith’s Indelible “Invisible Ink” by Betsy Sherman

Bill Griffith, the creator of Zippy the Pinhead, dives deep into his personal life in his extraordinary new graphic memoir.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fuse DVD Review: 1931′s “The Front Page” — Restored by Betsy Sherman

The improved viewing experience of the 1931 version of The Front Page enhances the stature of director Lewis Milestone as an early-talkie innovator and shows off the crack ensemble cast.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Fuse Film Review: “Call Me Lucky” — An Extraordinary Portrait of Satirist Barry Crimmins by Betsy Sherman

A labor of love that’s more than merely that, Call Me Lucky is one of the few great movies to come out so far this year.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fuse Film Review: Boston MFA’s French Film Festival — The Beautiful Idiosyncrasy of “P’tit Quinquin” by Betsy Sherman

The narrative's joining of adolescent romance and occult-tinged police procedural occasionally seems basted together, there’s a winning combination of goofy humor and social critique.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fuse Film Review: “I’ll See You in My Dreams” — Highly Pleasurable by Betsy Sherman

Happily, Blythe Danner is the central figure in an immensely pleasurable indie film that blends the integrity of an art film with the cozy accessibility of the mainstream.

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