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1997 Stories by Robert Abele

Archives: 1997 | 1996
  • Family reunion

    published June 26, 1997

    The Van is being billed as "the final chapter in the Barrytown Trilogy," Irish author Roddy Doyle's group of novels set in a fictional north... More >>

  • Write on!

    published June 12, 1997

    British filmmaker Peter Greenaway sits near a window in the dining room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; he indicates with his eyes a man walking... More >>

  • No Great Snakes

    published April 17, 1997

    One of the biggest discussion topics among cinephiles these days--courtesy the recent Oscar season--is whether Hollywood is petering out because... More >>

  • Star bright

    published March 20, 1997

    Selena opens with a reenactment of the slain Tejano singer's February 1995 event-style concert at the Houston Astrodome. Bedecked in a sparkling... More >>

  • Blood simple

    published March 13, 1997

    If we take Bob Rafelson at his word, Blood & Wine completes a trilogy about family relationships that started with the director's two crowning... More >>

  • A deep cut

    published February 6, 1997

    Billy Bob Thornton's richly observed Sling Blade opens with a prologue that can only be described as its own small film, a laconically eerie... More >>

  • Pulling up lame

    published January 30, 1997

    For years the brief, roaring life of runner Steve Prefontaine must have seemed an ideal subject for a movie. A no-nonsense, everything-to-prove... More >>

  • Sin of movin' slow

    published January 23, 1997

    Playwright Herb Gardner managed to immortalize retirement-age concerns on the American stage with his 1986 Tony Award-winning I'm Not Rappaport,... More >>

Archives: 1997 | 1996