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Gems and a Loss from ’09

The film-related death that touched me most this year wasn’t the demise of a director or actor. It was the departure of New Yorker Films. The company had existed since the mid-’60s, when it was launched to distribute Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Before the Revolution.” It played a large role in introducing Americans to New German Cinema, becoming particularly identified with Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Comment

Women Want What?

For anyone who grew up post-“Our Bodies, Our Selves” or has ever been exposed to the self-indulgent body musings of Eve Ensler, it may be inconceivable that there was a time when the orgasm was a mystery, sexual pleasure was somehow illicit, and women –– and men, for that matter –– didn’t think their bodies were an inexhaustible topic of interest. Comment

To New York Gay Men: Freaked Out? Take Care

In the last several months, a steady drumbeat of anti-gay attacks — personal, political, and symbolic — has unnerved the gay community across the nation. Comment


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