Aria Chiodo

Chris Haddix

Documentary filmmaker Nancy Kates has made a career out of rescuing for the future the lives and accomplishments of historically marginalized figures. Her latest film, however, takes as its subject one of the brightest stars of American literary culture: Susan Sontag. Chris Haddix talks with Nancy Kates about Regarding Susan Sontag.

Shaun Randol

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

“Of all the specific liberties which might come into our minds when we hear the word ‘freedom’, freedom of movement is historically the oldest and also the most elementary. Being able to depart for where we will is the prototypal gesture of being free, as limitation of freedom of movement has from time immemorial been the precondition for enslavement.”Hannah Arendt

Shaun Randol

Still from the movie version of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

The discussion of anti-war literature demands several questions, none of which will be addressed here. For example, should there even be anti-war literature? What is war, exactly, and so then what is anti-war? Which wars are worth opposing and is it the obligation of the writer to do so? And so on. Never mind that no two wars are alike, so then no two artistic responses are alike. In war, like in art, there is no single truth.

Giacomo Boitani

La Grande Bellezza

Italy (2013)

directed by Paolo Sorrentino


“Money is everywhere, but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.” – Federico Fellini


Arie Amaya-Akkermans

Leslie Hodgkins

Elizabeth Leakway in Castle Undine

Anthony Brent

Omar Baig

The medium of film both enjoys and is burdened by its own relation to time. A biopic has two hours or so to capture, convey, and do justice to its subject’s life. For Margarethe von Trotta, the biopic is the quintessential mode of representing “the inner-psychic worlds” of great minds amidst the controversies that defined them. Von Trotta’s latest feature, Hannah Arendt, is a pitch-perfect portrayal of one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.