Category Mark Rappaport

Escape into Smaller Problems: Why Mumblecore Failed

When I first got to college in the fall of 2007, the IFC Center in Manhattan was having a retrospective of “Mumblecore” films. The previous 10 years had yielded a crop of low key, low budget character studies centered around the theoretical concerns of a Ray Carney who had yet to go off the deep […]

Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992)

Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms has always been one of my favorite novels. I’ve read it 9 times, twice on a Greyhound bus going across country from New York to Seattle. I’ve listened to two different audio book versions, twice. I’ve see the film made in 1932 with Adolph Menjou and Gary Cooper. I […]

From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995)

Most film lovers are familiar with Jean Seberg. Her iconic look in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless has been imitated so many times that even people who have never heard her name are familiar with her work. But Seberg was more than just a blond pixie cut and a bad French accent. She was a progressive, even […]

An Introduction to the Works of Mark Rappaport Pt. 2: Faux(to)biographies

Note: This blog entry was written by Dan Levine. You can find him here. Last post we went over the early works of overt fiction, everything from¬†Casual Relations through to¬†Chain Letters, though I focused most explicitly on his first two films. The later works in the fiction period are also very good but continue to […]

An Introduction to the Works of Mark Rappaport

I should mention that I’m friends with Rappaport. I helped him with his fight with Ray Carney and gave the push for him to publish his absolutely delightful book of fiction and essays The Moviegoer Who Knew Too Much in the native English it was written in. I sought out his acquaintance because of the […]