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1997 Stories by Robert Abele

Archives: 1997 | 1996
  • Family Reunion

    published July 10, 1997

    The Van is being billed as "the final chapter in the Barrytown Trilogy," Irish author Roddy Doyle's group of novels set in a fictional north... More >>

  • The Write Stuff

    published June 12, 1997

    Director Peter Greenaway's films are an acquired taste -- quasi-surrealist fare at its most annoying or resplendent, depending on who you're... More >>

  • War Story

    published June 5, 1997

    A film about no less than an entire century, Theo Angelopoulos's broodingly majestic Ulysses' Gaze, the Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes two... More >>

  • Sssssssucks

    published April 17, 1997

    One of the biggest discussion topics among cinephiles -- courtesy of the recent Oscar season -- is whether Hollywood is petering out because it... More >>

  • Star Bright

    published March 20, 1997

    Selena opens with a re-enactment of the Tejano singer's February 1995 concert at the Astrodome. Bedecked in a sparkling purple jumpsuit, the... More >>

  • Jack Squat

    published March 13, 1997

    If we take Bob Rafelson at his word, Blood & Wine completes a trilogy about family relationships that started with the director's two crowning... More >>

  • A Deep Cut

    published February 20, 1997

    Billy Bob Thornton's richly observed Sling Blade opens with a prologue that can only be described as its own small film, a laconically eerie... More >>

  • Days in the Park

    published January 30, 1997

    Playwright Herb Gardner managed to immortalize retirement-age concerns on the American stage with his 1986 Tony Award-winning I'm Not Rappaport,... More >>

Archives: 1997 | 1996
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