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  • February 03, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    Nobody shaped Hollywood genres to his subversive artistic vision as effectively as Alfred Hitchcock, and Vertigo (1958) is Hitch at his best. James Stewart plays one of his darkest and most tormented roles as a San Francisco detective racked by both guilt and the title malady who compounds his troubles by falling in love with a dead woman - and her double.

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  • January 05, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    The films today at the Museum of Fine Arts range from Pop Art to the Dutch Masters to Japanese anime. They include Esther Robinson's A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2009 | 3:30 pm), a documentary about the iconoclastic '60s artist's forgotten collaborator; Hans Pool and Koos de Wilt's documentary Views on Vermeer (2009 |5:30 pm), a profile of artists inspired by the 17th century genius; and Mamoru Hosoda's animated Summer Wars (2009 | 7 pm), in which a nerdy high school girl is all that stands between Tokyo and the nefarious Love Machine.

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  • December 22, 2010
    By Peter Keough

    If he's not the best contemporary Chinese director, he's at least the most controversial. The Museum of Fine Arts' retrospective of the films of Lou Ye continues with Purple Butterfly (2003), which is set in Shanghai during World War II. A woman is dismayed when her Japanese lover joins the Imperial Army and her brother is murdered by Japanese fanatics, so she joins the resistance group of the title, only to have fate put her loyalties to the test.

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  • November 26, 2010
    By Peter Keough

    French New Wave director Claude Chabrol died a couple of months ago, but not before compiling an astounding and prolific body of work that people are still trying to catch up with. Inspector Bellamy (2009) is his last feature, and his only collaboration with fellow French film icon Gérard Depardieu, who plays a man whose vacation is disrupted by the arrival of his malicious brother and a stranger with a noirish tale about murder and insurance fraud.

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