Nicholas Ray

By: Annie Nocenti

If you’ve ever felt like an alien in your own life, NICHOLAS RAY (1911-79) is your champion. Delinquent teens, estranged loners, gypsies, lovers on the run, homosexuals… Ray’s films had sympathy for all contrarians. In […]

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Nikola Tesla

By: Annie Nocenti

Brilliant, prescient, and obsessive, even in his disorder he was ahead of its time.

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Maya Deren

By: Annie Nocenti

Ritualized action, cryptic symbols, repetitive narratives, altered states, and voyeurism.

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Federico Fellini

By: Annie Nocenti

Every child dreams of running away and joining the circus. The 12-year-old FEDERICO FELLINI (1920-93) actually did it, kicking off his enduring love affair with spectacle. Early works like La Strada (1954) and Nights of […]

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Henry Miller

By: Annie Nocenti

His books were banned in America for decades, sparked a groundbreaking “obscenity as literature” debate, and were a seminal part of the sexual revolution. “This is not a book,” HENRY MILLER (1891-1980) wrote in Tropic […]

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Charlie Kaufman

By: Annie Nocenti

CHARLIE KAUFMAN (born 1958) writes film scripts that zig when you expect a zag. Fantastic notions are met with deadpan nonchalance, creating comedy of simmering delirium. He redefined the screwball comedy as more of a […]

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Evel Knievel

By: Annie Nocenti

Star-spangled motorcycle daredevil EVEL KNIEVEL (1938 –2007) showed the world you can be fearless and self-destructive and — if you understand hype — become an American icon. He stole his first bike. He jumped a […]

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