Nathan Silver

Nathan Silver – The Great Pretender (2018)

The lives of a French theater director, her ex-boyfriend, and the two actors playing them intersect dramatically in this tangled and darkly funny roundelay set in the New York theater world. Read More »

Nathan Silver – Uncertain Terms (2014)

A rural group home for pregnant teen-agers is the setting for this intimately detailed, sharply observed modernist melodrama, directed by Nathan Silver. The director’s mother, Cindy Silver, plays Carla Gottlieb, the residence’s founder and leader. Carla—herself a onetime unwed mother—hosts five girls at a time; in quiet but intense confessional scenes of formal sharing or offhand chat, they discuss their difficult situations. The troubles ramp up with the arrival of Carla’s grown nephew, Robbie (David Dahlbom), newly separated from his wife, who volunteers for a two-week stint as a handyman. Read More »

Nathan Silver – Exit Elena (2012)

Exit Elena Flickers With Ordinary Madness
“The comedies of John Cassavetes cut deeper,” Thom Andersen explains in Los Angeles Plays Itself, “because he had an eye and an ear for ordinary madness—those flickers of lunacy that can separate us from our fellows.” Nathan Silver’s Exit Elena adopts many working methods typical of a Cassavetes production—shot almost entirely in Silver’s family home, the film stars his girlfriend (Kia Davis, who is superb), his mother (Cindy Silver), and himself—but its affinity with a film like Love Streams, its closest likeness,runs deeper than their shared independent sensibility. Read More »

Nathan Silver – Stinking Heaven (2015)

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A black as tar comedy charting the dissolution of a commune for sober living in 90’s suburban New Jersey. Read More »