Is the uneven circle of pale yellow floating over the bits of city map, where all of us somewhere live, or consuming these and consuming us? Its uneven shape teases into being an optical illusion it is ever growing, perhaps with child, as Rauschenberg’s title whispers to the eye. I say yellow; others, white— perhaps […]

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931)

Nearly all of Georgia, Russian-born Rouben Mamoulian’s films creak today, like old doors or (myself included) old people. Mamoulian was never a “natural” in cinema, rendering claims made on his behalf that he directed much of the silkeny Laura (1944) that producer Otto Preminger signed suspect. But he was an experimenter in a place called […]