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The Thrill is Gone [SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW]

...73 novel Gravity’s Rainbow, a postmodernist work by the other great contemporary master of conspiracy fantasies, Thomas Pynchon, who has explored similar themes in V, The Crying of Lot 49, and Vineland (and whose latest novel, Mason & Dixon...

OUT 1: SPECTRE

...g at least five stories at once, gradually ties the threads together, and then proceeds to unravel them again. Much as Thomas Pynchon in Gravity’s Rainbow bears witness to mid-century paranoia by by turning imaginary plots into real ones and vice ver...

Elliott Stein (1928-2012)

I can’t remember precisely when it was that I first met Elliott in Paris, but I’m sure it was in the early 70s, and I suspect it was the late Carlos Clarens, another Cinematheque regular, who introduced us, most likely after some Palai...

Looking for America [UNCOMMON SENSES]

...uck catalog to almanacs and telephone directories as well as in such writers as Herman Melville, Allen Ginsberg, and Thomas Pynchon — has always had its seductive and contagious side; this sentence shows its influence. But few artists in thi...

Declarations of Independents: History Lessons

...em is, I can only come up with a romantic, movie version of an English movie audience three years before I was born, a Thomas Pynchon fantasy à la Gravity’s Rainbow (whose sexy, existential London is itself very much a pungent blend of remember...

Ten More Key Moments & Scenes

...a sexual crescendo in progress, like a cut to a scene where the camera’s already moving.” Curiously, this sentence by Thomas Pynchon in The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) comes only two years after the release of Carl Dreyer’s final feature. This isn’t to...

Inside the Vault [on SPIONE]

...uggestively, the employments of paranoia and conspiracy by less mainstream artists such as Jacques Rivette (Out 1) and Thomas Pynchon (Gravity’s Rainbow) seem rooted in the seductively coded messages, erotic intrigues, and multiple counter-plots of...

Work and Play in the House of Fiction

...till also anti-paranoia, where nothing is connected to anything, a condition not many of us can bear for long. – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow The organizing principle adopted by Rivette in shooting the raw material of Out 1 and Spect...

SPIONE (1976 review)

...rcebook and object lesson for many subsequent master plotters, from Hitchcock and Graham Greene to Rivette, Straub and Thomas Pynchon. Much as the Tower of Babel sequence in Metropolis becomes a crucial reference point for the separate paranoid unive...

OUT 1 AND ITS DOUBLE

...till also anti-paranoia, where nothing is connected to anything, a condition not many of us can bear for long. – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow   In the spring of 1970, Jacques Rivette shot about thirty hours of improvisation with...

THE SAVAGE EYE and SHADOWS

...g cowgirl figure in front of a motel, a nosejob operation which is virtually contemporaneous with the one performed in Thomas Pynchon’s V., a little girl with false eyelashes in a hat store, a dog’s funeral.  According to Joseph Strick (in an intervi...

Starting Out in Film Criticism [from PLACING MOVIES]

...rk (GLEN AND RANDA in 1971, REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA and MOONWALK ONE in 1972), and then book reviews — Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, Noël Burch’s Theory of Film Practice, Dwight Macdonald’s Discrimination...