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:

Horses from Werner Herzog's Caves of Forgotten Dreams.

Summer Doc Reviews: Caves, Cowboys and Coke

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog. 2010. France/Canada/USA/UK/Germany. 90 min.) It’s inevitable when you walk into a Werner Herzog film that you’ll be taken somewhere you’ve never been and usually can’t imagine ever visiting. Early on it was Herzog’s adversarial leading man, Klaus Kinski, who did the heavy lifting in the gruelingly unforgettable dramas Fitzcarraldo,… Read more »

Evelin Kachulin as Eva in "Eva - Working Title" at Tribeca 2011.

Tribeca 2011: Critic's Choice – Shorts

Below are the Critic’s Choice short picks. For a fest overview and the features, click here. Critic’s Choice – Tribeca Shorts Eva-Working Title (Dor Fadlon. 2010. Israel. 14 min.) Pentecost (Peter McDonald. 2010. Ireland. 11 min.) New York doesn’t shortchange shorts. The New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films each show selected short films… Read more »

In "Gone: The Disappearance of Aeryn Gillern," former cop Kathy Gillern tries to solve the mystery of her son's whereabouts.

Tribeca 2011: Critic's Choice – Features

A Decade In the Life of the Tribeca Film Festival If you want eight million New Yorkers and millions of vacationers to see more than Ground Zero when they visit lower Manhattan, you need to pick movies that will attract the widest possible range of moviegoers. Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal,… Read more »

Zachary Quinto plays the young analyst Peter in JC Chandor's "Margin Call."

New Directors/New Films 2011 – Critic's Choice

For the second consecutive year, The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, has screened the entire lineup of New Directors/New Films and is reviewing his favorites below, including Margin Call, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Night Hunter, and Incendies. In addition to teaching literature and business courses for the New School University for more than… Read more »

Catherine Deneuve and François Ozon on the set of "Potiche."

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema – Critic's Choice

Potiche (François Ozon. 2010. France. 103 min.) Fit and trim in her tailored jogging suit, 69-year-old Catherine Deneuve sprints through a dappled countryside near Sainte-Gudule in northern France. It is 1977, and nature stirs around her. Birds tweet, squirrels frolic, and rabbits mate as the decorative opening titles playfully slide in and around this first… Read more »

Activist and organizer Shirley Novick worked in New York's garment district for 47 years.

Leader of Red Sheep

Red Shirley, Lou Reed’s 28-minute homage to his 101-year-old cousin, Shirley Novick, had its New York premiere January 15th, as part of the 20th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival which runs through January 27th. Novick (known as Shulamit Rabinowitz before her marriage to the late editor of the Yiddish daily, The Morning Freiheit, Paul… Read more »

"All Good Things" photo by Magnolia Pictures.

Reviews: Jarecki's "All Good Things" and Hickenlooper's "Casino Jack"

All Good Things (Andrew Jarecki. 2010. USA. 132 min.) Casino Jack (George Hickenlooper. 2010. USA. 108 min.) As a dramatic form, today’s crime docudramas have a rich literary heritage originating in true-crime magazines like True Detective and Master Detective, of the 1930s. These “slicks” were different from their fictional counterparts, the “pulps,” that grew Raymond… Read more »

Andreas Lust as the fast-running Johann Rettenberger in "The Robber."

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Robber"

The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. The Robber (Benjamin Heisenberg. 2010. Austria-Germany. 96 min.) Bet you can’t think of another heist movie with a premise this simple and… Read more »

Yahima Torres as "Black Venus."

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Black Venus"

The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. Black Venus (Abdellatif Kechiche. 2010. France. 159 min.) The camera swings up past the startling, life-size plaster cast of the African woman,… Read more »

Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network." Photograph by Merrick Morton.

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Social Network"

The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. The Social Network (David Fincher. 2010. USA. 120 m.) Why do you suppose Mark Zuckerberg, America’s only billionaire inventor with 500,000 friends,… Read more »