Manny Farber

Manny Farber
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T-Meter Title | Year
91% Signs of Life (1968) Very ephemeral in its charms, Signs has some of the casual goodhearted zaniness that Gassman injects into Easy Life: playing up meandering activity over dialogue, getting all the times of day, the feeling of friendship in its inactive-silent aspects. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
96% Weekend (1967) The story has charm and piquancy... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet Four Stars (****) (The 24 Hour Movie) (1967) A morbid, flesh-bound, self-reviling vision... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
88% The Graduate (1967) All this chopped steak is a give-away on the new tone in films; unless the material is thoroughly banal, it isn't considered chic. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
84% In Cold Blood (1967) In Cold Blood is a somber, slablike, all-of-a-piece inclemency that bears little resemblance to the open, cheap-knit style of Capote's writing. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
62% Skammen (Shame) (1968) Shame is a complicated, crazily plotted film that loses most of its development... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
92% The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1967) Very tense, puzzling, sinister, and yet extraordinarily stodgy, this is the least anecdotal Buñuel and the most redolent of the Barrier effect that seems to murmur through his films. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
89% Los Olvidados (1952) Olvidados, a turgidly heavy tract on hideous childhood, hasn't enough Daliism... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
100% Un Chien Andalou (1929) Buñuel movie has a heady, haunting effect, like an exquisitely enjoyed meal, the weather of a foreign country, something private and inexpressible: - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
90% My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux) (1962) A film of extraordinary purity. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
84% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1964) A monotonously scratching, capering version of a hack Arthur Freed musical, perhaps the most soporific, conceited, sluggish movie of all time. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
83% Les Biches (Bad Girls) (Girlfriends) (The Does) (1968) It's amazing how Raoul Coutard's camera can transform this puerile conceit into a singingly crisp image. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
80% Capricious Summer (1967) This rerun of dozed-off acting, Renoir color, and Bergman soupy philosophy winds up with the notion that a circus invariably leaves whistle-stop town sadder and wiser than it was in the first reel. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
88% Mouchette (1967) The film has apparently melted down to a short story, being adapted from a Bernanos novel, but it moves on about five levels. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
No Score Yet Beyond The Law (1968) Mailer's Beyond the Law has a zillion little irritations, but it has authentic scurrility and funk before it goes sour with Mailer's Irish brogue monologue. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
81% Lola Montès (1955) A love affair on wheels is a nice idea but this over-decorated vehicle is the hub for eight minor events which are nothing but crazy make-up, improbability, and an ordeal of graceless acting. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
93% Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) This is a very self-contained movie. Charles Lang's hot-hollow camera hawks the bodies and faces as closely as the one in Faces, but the put-down acting at every moment is a half-snobbish Elaine May mimicry of middle-class patois... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
17% A Place for Lovers (1968) One of the best laughs is watching Dunaway working on the subject of despair. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
83% The Rain People (1969) The Rain People is a fine example of acting and writing that exploits modern dislocation, the mulling, glumness, and revery of people in tight places. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
88% Easy Rider (1969) Easy Rider, a sparsely written cross-country movie with a Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on extravagant motorcycles, is marred by draggy, romantic material. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
93% The Wild Bunch (1969) There is an unpleasant feeling of expense, of enormous amounts of money being spent, tons of footage being shot in order to get one slow-motion instant that will stamp home Peckinpah's obsessive theme - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
100% The Detective (1968) There's so much particularity that the film goes from bad to good to smashing and back to good in the briefest quarters. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
100% Madigan (1968) The real juice of the films is their ranginess, that they give you a lot, the zest for what a city contains, and the flatness. These movies work partly because they are exploiting the fairly unplumbed field of pessimistic observing rather than action. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
20% Pendulum (1969) Playing the characters so hyper-observant, and suggesting through acting that each person is a conflict of pulls in all directions, makes the hollow, TV-styled Pendulum seem almost mobile, and sort of intelligent. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
97% Bullitt (1968) Bullitt keeps a shriek ascending through the last reel. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
96% Belle de Jour (1968) A singular trait in this coolly deadpan comedy is the sinister equilibrium in the alignment of these figures with their furniture and possessions. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
77% Les Carabiniers (1967) Les Carabiniers has a surprisingly wet, fluid mossiness: its people seem beautifully wan, primeval, murky, little woodchucks camouflaged by nature. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
94% La Chinoise (1968) What has to be made clear is that this is an infuriating but cagy film. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Up the Junction (1968) [It assumes] good acting is the automatic result of a deep, uncritical, tough, saccharine grubbiness. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
90% Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) (1968) ...the movie reveals Liv Ullmann as a unique perpetrator of humanistic depth and female presence. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Charlie Bubbles (1968) Finney's puritanical, sucked-in ungiving performance, is not so much a man as a particular stage when life has lost its zing and there are no more visible goals on the horizon. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
57% The Fox (1967) ...always in a middle area between decorum and sensationalism: a rough-stuff movie dished up in the most insipid, uniform, up-tight manner. The movie has the piddling, top-of-a-cookie-tin look of a painting over a motel bed. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
60% China is Near (La Cina e vicina) (1967) Some of it is fun, particularly two lower-class lovers with a cynical snap to them, but most of the time you just sit there and watch. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) A director who's made at least twenty box-office gold mines since 1926 is going to repeat himself, but the fact is that Howard Hawks's films are as different as they're similar. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% Red River (1948) Red River, as a comment on frontier courage, loyalty, and leadership, is a romantic, simple-minded mush, but an ingeniously lyrical film nonetheless. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
98% His Girl Friday (1940) A line is never allowed to reverberate but is quickly attached to another, funnier line in a very underrated comedy that champions the sardonic and quick-witted over the plodding, sober citizens. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% Scarface (1932) A passionate, strong, archaic photographic miracle: the rise and fall of an ignorant, blustery, pathetically childish punk (Paul Muni) in an avalanche of rich, dark-dark images. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
87% Faces (1968) Lynn Carlin is near perfection, playing the deepest well of unexplored emotions as the wife of a rubber-faced business wow who seems like a detestable ham walk-on until he surprisingly lodges into the film's center for good. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
93% Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White) (1967) A swift, fresh-air war movie... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
82% Women in Love (1969) All these people pushing the film in personal ways are really dominated by Lawrence and his apocalyptic vision. So the movie ends up like a gaudy chariot pulled by twelve furious stallions who have been nibbling on locoweed. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
100% Kohayagawa-ke no aki (The End of Summer) (Early Autumn) (1961) "Profound characterization" seems to be a minor concern of the director compared to that of creating a delicately poised domestic panorama and in the process making workable some of the oldest tools in movie construction. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Wavelength (1967) Probably the most rigorously composed movie in existence... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
80% Two Rode Together (1961) This is studio moviemaking at its slackest. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Loving (1970) It's curious how the imaginative texture of this conception is stuck to a stiff, unfulfilled script. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
86% The Damned (La caduta degli dei) (1969) A fascinating film, complexly conceived and composed in chiaroscuro color, melodramatic space, extravagant held-on poses. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
100% Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) I think this is a superb movie for its original content, exhilarating editing and Bresson's Puritanistic camera work, belt-high and wonderfully toned, that creates a deep, damp, weathered quality of centuries-old provincialism. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
69% Topaz (1969) Pretty good entertainment with a number of standout scenes involving either Roscoe Lee Browne or Michel (always good) Piccoli. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
88% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Faye Dunaway glides, drifts like a vertical sashay. She goes into the movie at one end, comes out the other, leaving a graceful, faint, unengaged wake behind her. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
100% The Train (1965) Lancaster half ruins his performance with innocent sincerity, but at that point where the script stops and Lancaster has his task before him, he sinks into it with a dense absorption. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
94% Point Blank (1967) Point Blank is an entertaining degenerate movie for its bit players: Michael Strong as a used used-car dealer, Lloyd Bochner and his sharkskin style of elegant menace. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018