Noah Gittell

Noah Gittell

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Film Critic. Essayist. Freelancer for hire. I blog at and can be reached at Non-partisan by nature.

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LA Review of Books

By Immigrants, For Immigrants - Why "Casablanca" Still Matters

WHEN 56-YEAR-OLD ACTOR S. Z. Sakall escaped his native Hungary in 1939 and arrived in the United States to relaunch his acting career, he had a significant handicap: he spoke not a word of English. At lunch ...

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The Guardian

Why Netflix's "Skip Intro" feature is bad news for classic films

The ability to avoid watching the opening credits of certain titles is a sign that the company lacks reverence for cinema history

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Why More Movies About Men Should Be Made by Women

Hllywood reacts to change very slowly. Maybe it's foolish to expect any different from an industry whose unofficial motto, coined by screenwriter William Goldman, is: "Nobody knows anything." Because of this uncertainty...

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The Economist

On monsters and masculinity: With “Colossal”, Anne Hathaway ...

ANNE HATHAWAY is a monster—at least that’s what we’ve been told. After breaking out in “The Princess Diaries” (2001), she rose ...

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The Guardian

Let's try that again … the most difficult scenes to film in cinema history

Let's try that again … the most difficult scenes to...

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Life is sci-fi skepticism for the Trump era

Outer space is humankind’s most tantalizing unknown, too vast to comprehend, but just beyond our reach. Since Georges...

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The Economist

On death's door: A new documentary brings obituary writers out of the shadows

TODAY is an era of maximum content, with more films and television being made than at any time in history. It’s debatable whether the sheer quantity of pop culture is a good thing, but one clear benefit is that there is now room for every marginalised group to have the spotlight turned on them—even the authors of death.

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The Guardian

When big screen reunions work...and when they don't

The team behind Oscar-nominated crime thriller Hell and High Water have just announced a new project, but what can they learn from other re-teams that have and haven’t been successful?

Graduation, Reviewed

Graduation, Reviewed

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The Guardian

The La La Land backlash: why have critics turned on the Oscar ...

The La La Land backlash: why have critics turned on...

Horowitz article

Moonlight Wins Best Picture In A Historic Oscars Snafu

Moonlight Wins Best Picture In A Historic Oscars Sn...

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The Guardian

Why we need to stop saying 'this is the movie we need right now'

A devastating election result has led film critics to stress the importance of cinema as a political force but is it an overly optimistic notion?

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The Economist

“The Promise”: an unflinching depiction of the Armenian genocide

Due to geopolitical concerns, Hollywood had hitherto left the subject untouched

Wilson, Reviewed

Wilson, Reviewed

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The Guardian

Sex, Booze, and Stupidity: Fratboys on Film, From Animal House to Goat

The frathouse comedy is almost as much of an all-American institution as fraternities themselves. In 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House became one...