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Marjorie Baumgarten

Contributing Writer, Film

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Marjorie Baumgarten is a film critic and contributing writer at The Austin Chronicle, where she has worked in many capacities since the paper's founding in 1981. She served as the Chronicle's Film Reviews editor for 25 years.

83 articles in 1991   •   page 1 of 3

Europa Europa

In this award-winning foreign film, a Jewish boy during World War II adopts various non-Jewish identities in order to save his hide, but his uncircumcised penis becomes a dead giveaway.

Film Review, Dec. 27, 1991


Oliver Stone gives the "lone gunman" assassination theory a run for its money.

Film Review, Dec. 27, 1991


What did you do during the war? It's 1945 in a little town in France after the Liberation. War-weary citizens are attempting to resume their...

Film Review, Dec. 6, 1991

City Zero

This prize-winning Russian film is an absurdist comedy about a rock'n'roll scandal, mistaken identity and life lived in the shadows of Stalinism and the Twilight...

Film Review, Dec. 6, 1991

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

Produced by Steven Spielberg, this animated film follows the further adventures of the Mousekewitz family, who came to America to escape the cat pogroms.

Film Review, Nov. 29, 1991

The Story of Boys and Girls

The Story of Boys and Girls would love nothing so much as to be a Jean Renoir movie. Or perhaps an intergenerational, societal panorama by...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1991

Cape Fear

Riveting. Suspenseful. Thoughtful. Well-planned. Well-acted. If this is Scorsese's bid for the commercial big time, then let the cash registers ring. Menacing. Psychologically thin. Routinely...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1991

The Man in the Moon

Just when I'd given up on seeing teenaged girls portrayed in current movies as anything other than boy-crazy bowheads or distaff rebels without causes or...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1991

Life on the Edge

You know those cheesy movies they show on the USA-TV channel overnight? Those barely coherent, tittering, smutty, “mine's-bigger-than-yours”-type gag-fests? Well, Life on the Edge would...

Film Review, Nov. 15, 1991

Don Juan, My Love

This Spanish comedy is an unexpected charmer, a frothy mixture of ribaldry, slapstick and mistaken identities. You know you're in for something different from the...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1991

All I Want for Christmas

Call this one Miracle on 12th Street. No it's not precisely the same story as the 34th Street model (or even one-third the story), but...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1991

The Laserman

Wang, the director of A Great Wall, directs and stars in this comic thriller made in 1988. He plays a detective investigating the death of...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1991


Twenty-One gets tangled in that eternal creative knot: how to tell a story about callow, young searchers without, in turn, erecting a structure that echoes...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1991

Tilai (The Law)

Honor and family ties on the African plains of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) are explored in this follow-up to the popular Yaaba. In it,...

Film Review, Nov. 1, 1991

Swan Lake -- the Zone

This 1990 Cannes Film Festival Critics' Prize winner was a joint Russian/Canadian/Swedish production and is based on autobiographical stories by legendary director Sergei Paradjanov....

Film Review, Nov. 1, 1991

Song of the Exile

The marriage of a Japanese woman and a Chinese man following the Sino-Japanese war is the foundation for an examination of ostracism, alienation and dissatisfaction...

Film Review, Oct. 25, 1991

Company Business

So, the Cold War has de-escalated into a Big Chill. The question is: where does that leave the old spy guys? The answer: in less...

Film Review, Oct. 25, 1991

Curly Sue

John Hughes seems to be losing some of his magic. Oh sure, all he needs is one history-making blockbuster like Home Alone every once in...

Film Review, Oct. 25, 1991

Empire of the Air

The director of the acclaimed PBS series The Civil War here tackles the history of early radio and the individuals who invented its technology. The...

Film Review, Oct. 18, 1991

Complex World

How do you cinematically eulogize a near legendary rock 'n' roll club set in the downtown decay of Providence, Rhode Island? If you're writer/director James...

Film Review, Oct. 18, 1991

My Mother's Castle

My Mother's Castle is Part Two of Robert's filmed adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's autobiographical recollections of growing up at the turn of the century in...

Film Review, Oct. 18, 1991

My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho is a story about a narcoleptic gay male hustler. There. That's easy enough to summarize on this first go-round. But that's...

Film Review, Oct. 18, 1991

Crossing the Line

Danny Scoular (Neeson) is an ethical, prideful family man who lives in the Scottish mining village where he grew up. His union activities and his...

Film Review, Oct. 11, 1991


Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick. And what's not sick is out-and-out preposterous. It's hard to understand exactly what possessed the principals involved to make this...

Film Review, Oct. 11, 1991


Ever want to know how to make 90 minutes seem like a lifetime? Go see Shout. What a mess. It's the mid-1950s in Clarity, Texas....

Film Review, Oct. 11, 1991

Necessary Roughness

You've seen this one before and you'll see this one again -- an innocuous sports comedy about a team of losers who have to pull...

Film Review, Oct. 4, 1991


Stop reading here if you don't want the ending revealed.How do I spell hokey? P-a-s-t-i-m-e. Roy Dean Bream (Russ) is a 41-year-old relief pitcher for...

Film Review, Oct. 4, 1991

Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight

An hour-long 1991 reconstruction of Hendrix's triumphant concert at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970, one of his last public appearances before his death,...

Film Review, Sep. 27, 1991

The Tigress

Based on an Ecuadorian novella by Jose de la Cuadro, the story explores the myth of womanhood in macho culture. A free screening....

Film Review, Sep. 27, 1991

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose is a warm, winning slice of life set in 1935 Georgia. It tells the story of how a whole family is affected when...

Film Review, Sep. 27, 1991


The director of Frida constructs a musical concert of Latin American history in four movements and with no dialogue, using historic and contemporary conflicts to...

Film Review, Sep. 27, 1991

Love Without Pity

A new French director presents this film about cynical young romantics in love in Paris....

Film Review, Sep. 27, 1991


A psycho-thriller with a creepy enough cast and featured music by the Pixies....

Film Review, Sep. 27, 1991

An Angel at My Table

On the surface An Angel at My Table is a straightforward biopic about the life of celebrated New Zealand author Janet Frame. But Frame's life...

Film Review, Sep. 20, 1991

Livin' Large!

Dexter Jackson (Carson) wants to be a TV news reporter something fierce. This young black man is anxious to break free of the family dry...

Film Review, Sep. 20, 1991


This silent movie was filmed in Thailand in 1927 by the same team who created King Kong. The story is a thriller about a family...

Film Review, Sep. 20, 1991


Papa don't preach. A bratty, teenaged girl informs her parents that she's pregnant and plans to drop out of high school and have the baby....

Film Review, Sep. 13, 1991

Dances With Wolves

Despite its incongruity in today's entertainment marketplace, Dances With Wolves is an audacious gamble that succeeds; it's an old-fashioned movie with a smart, contemporary perspective....

Film Review, Sep. 6, 1991

Women's Story

Three peasant women leave their village in this 1988 Chinese film in search of freedom from dominant male ideology....

Film Review, Sep. 6, 1991

The Countess

Quick. What's the last Bulgarian movie you've seen? The Countess could be it. Made in 1989, set in 1968, the movie tells the story of...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1991

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