Author: Kurt Brokaw

Kurt Brokaw is an associate teaching professor at The New School. He also teaches film noir and early lesbian fiction at the 92nd Street Y.


Articles Written by Kurt Brokaw:

New York Film Festival 2012 – Critic's Choice

A Festival 50 Years in the Making The late Richard Roud and the current, soon-to-retire program director, Richard Peña were my hosts for the first 50 years of the New York Film Festival. Roud’s curatorial partner was Amos Vogel, who founded the cine-club Cinema 16 in 1947; it became America’s largest film society with 7,000… Read more »

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice – "Frances Ha"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices. A festival overview and complete list from 2012 is here. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach. 2012. USA. 86 min.) Woody Allen… Read more »

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice – "Becoming Traviata"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices. A festival overview and complete list from 2012 is here. Becoming Traviata (Philippe Béziat. 2012. France. 113 min.) The best… Read more »

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Shorts

For Brokaw’s feature choices and an overview of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival click here. Critic’s Choice – Shorts Picture Paris (Brad Hall. 2011. USA. 28 min.) The Grand Guignol was Paris’ longest-running theater, offering twin bills of playlets that opened with a slice-and-dice horror tale (using magic illusions and pioneering prosthetics) that left audiences… Read more »

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Features

America’s leading brands hold onto their core essences and mission while they line-extend their flavors, colors, sizes and packaging, and they do it endlessly. This is the formula the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) continues to follow as it begins its second decade of “spurring the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district.” TFF’s… Read more »

New Directors/New Films 2012 – Critic's Choice

The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the entire 41st annual edition of New Directors/New Films, which includes 24 narrative features, 5 documentaries, and 12 short films representing 28 countries. His critic’s choices begin here: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance. 2011. USA. 90 min.) Imagine a self-indulgent, self-conscious, live-action romance exploring… Read more »

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2012 – Critic's Choice

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the prescreened main slate of the 2012 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing March 1-11, at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices from among 20 films include: Free Men (Les Hommes Libres) (Ismael Ferroukhi. 2011. France. 99 min.) The young Algerian street vendor Younes… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Artist"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »

New York Film Festival 2011 – Critic's Choice

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. His critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts—are excerpted below. Click on the links for full… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Footnote"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »