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It might seem likely that Princeton University declined to cooperate in the making of the new Tina Fey comedy, Admission, given the movie’s rather comically irreverent take on that august institution’s student selection procedures. But no, some of Admission was shot on Princeton’s campus last summer, with permission. Good sports, those Princeton worthies, what? (Actually, the movie’s use of the university’s hallowed halls and verdant expanses isn’t particularly interesting.)


Few filmmakers from other countries who develop an international reputation are able to resist the inevitable invitation to come and make movies in America. And who can blame them? Yet that invitation is too often a Faustian bargain in which the filmmaker gives up control and ends up doing sub-standard work on films that exploit only the most salient aspect of his talent. Just ask John Woo.

The Gatekeepers

The film that should have won this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary, The Gatekeepers was openly inspired by Errol Morris’s The Fog of War and its efforts to clarify the history of a conflict (in that case the Vietnam War) through the testimony of someone who had been in a position to oversee much of the government’s conduct of it.

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