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Jim Gilles is a native Angeleno, with a wide range of interests. He holds several academic degrees from Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Los Angeles, and UCLA, in English & Comparative Literature, History, and Education. He has been a teacher and university professor for many years and is still active in the academic community. Being an avid movie goer, he writes on film, including foreign-language cinema, feature films, documentaries, independent and experimental film. Having lived so long in Los Angeles, he is quite interested in the history of this particular city and appreciates its ethnic and racial diversity, as well as its fascinating history of filmmaking and popular music. As a world traveler, Jim has wandered into many fascinating corners of the globe and writes about his experiences.
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Life’s Illusions and the Troubled Love: One-Act Plays by Tennessee...

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By Jim Gilles Currently on stage at the Gloria Gifford Conservatory Theatre on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood is a set of one-act plays, two by...

Mary Zimmerman’s METAMORPHOSES at A Noise Within: Ovid’s Myths For Our...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/17/22 - This past weekend was the opening of a revival of Metamorphoses, the multiple award-winning...

Nefin Dinç’s ANTOINE THE FORTUNATE: The Collapse of the Ottoman Empire...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/15/22 - Running May 9 through May 15 is the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, which...

Hong Sang-soo’s IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE: Finding Beauty and Grace...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/15/22 - Screening on Saturday, May 14 at the Los Feliz Theatre and also at the...

Yasmina Reza’s GOD OF CARNAGE at the Odyssey Theatre: Adults Out...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/15/22 - The opening night of a new production of God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza’s Tony...

PLEASURE: A Young Swedish Woman Dives into the L.A. Porn Business

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/12/22 - At the annual AFI Film Festival, there is almost always a special place for...

Spike Lee’s SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT: Spike Lee Retrospective at the...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/10/22 - Opening a retrospective of films by Spike Lee at the Motion Picture Academy Museum...

Audrey Diwan’s HAPPENING: A Young Woman’s Abortion Dilemma in 1960’s France

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The theatrical release of Audrey Diwan’s "Happening" (L’Évènment, France, 2021) is most timely, given the current issue of the Supreme Court ready to rule...

Ahmad Bahrami’s WASTELAND: A Failing Mudbrick Factory as a Metaphor for...

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By Jim Gilles On this second weekend of the 2022 UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema at the UCLA Hammer Museum/Billy Wilder Theatre are a number of...

Eva Pervolovici’s THE DELTA OF BUCHAREST: The persistence of memory in a...

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By Jim Gilles One of the most interesting documentary films included in this year’s SEE Fest (South East European Film Festival) in Los Angeles is Eva...