Juan Vidal

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When I arrived at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale to see the current exhibition Shark, I was greeted with smiles and a sign: “Selachophobia is defined as the strong fear or dislike of sharks … “

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MIAMI — Years after his election, Hugo Chávez is a galvanizing figure in Venezuela. But what role are street artists playing in Chávezist Venezuela?

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MIAMI — Need a good summer read? Maybe you should pick up books from one of these authors.

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Museums

The Sensations of Presence

by Juan Vidal on July 5, 2012

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MIAMI — Strong in the traditions of European and Carribean art, The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has an array of standout exhibitions that include the work of painter William Glackens and a collection of ceramics by Pablo Picasso. What left an impression during a recent visit, however, was the work of Los Angeles painter John Sonsini.

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Truth be told, Jaws changed things. And tomorrow the film turns 37.

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Video

A Story of Love, Plants and Death

by Juan Vidal on June 11, 2012

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Based on Alejandro Zambra’s masterful novella, the film Bonsái is a story of love, plants, death and the literature that seamlessly links them all. Bonsái premiered at Cannes to favorable reviews and took the top prize at the Miami Film Festival earlier this year. Directed by the Chilean Cristián Jiménez (Illusiones Opticas), it is an exercise in minimalism and nuance.

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Reactor

Hitchcock and the Art of Brevity

by Juan Vidal on June 8, 2012

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As a filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock understood the value of time. Throughout his career he sought to always be mindful and respectful of the audience in this regard. One of his many strengths, to be sure, was his ability to maximize each minute, never drawing out scenes when he deemed it unnecessary.

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