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December 31, 2023

Favorite Scenes No. 34: Amadeus

Miloš Forman directed Amadeus in 1984. It was a movie version of the hit play by Peter Shaffer from 1979. Shaffer never claimed that the […]
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December 24, 2023

Victor Sjöström’s “He Who Gets Slapped”

He Who Gets Slapped is an unusual film. It took a special confluence of factors to create something so layered and rich. It was made […]
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November 12, 2023

Goran Stolevski’s “You Won't Be Alone”

Goran Stolevski’s 2020 debut film You Won't Be Alone is a poem. There is almost no dialogue between characters, but we are able to hear […]
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November 5, 2023

“In My Skin,” Body Horror Cronenberg Can Only Dream Of

In 2002, French filmmaker Marina de Van wrote, directed, and starred in In My Skin. It is a body horror film, but it’s free of […]
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October 22, 2023

Piotr Szulkin’s Visionary Tetralogy Part 2: “O-Bi O-Ba” and “Ga-Ga”

Like Golem (1979) and The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981), Piotr Szulkin’s O-Bi, O-Ba: The End Of Civilization (1985) is an ugly film. […]
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October 18, 2023

Piotr Szulkin’s Visionary Tetralogy Part 1:“Golem” and “War Of The Worlds”

Piotr Szulkin (1950-2018) was a Polish director, screenwriter, animator, novelist, theatrical director, and painter. In 1979, he released the first of four films that would […]
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October 1, 2023

24 Thoughts On Michael Haneke’s "71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance" 

Austrian director Michael Haneke wrote and directed 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance in 1994. It consists of 71 scenes. Our lives have a […]
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September 3, 2023

Alex Proyas’ First Film: “Spirits Of The Air, Gremlins Of The Clouds”

Spirits Of The Air, Gremlins Of The Clouds was written, directed, and produced in 1989 by Alex Proyas. It was shot in a desert in […]
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August 20, 2023

Bewaffa Se Waffa Is A Lot More Than Just Another Bollywood Musical

When it was released in 1992, Bewaffa Se Waffa was not a big financial success. It seems audiences didn’t like the actor who played the […]
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July 26, 2023

The Strange Career of Ulli Lommel

  You may not have heard of Ulli Lommel, but he is one interesting, little rabbit hole that can swiftly whisk you away into a strange […]
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July 16, 2023

Arch Abler’s Post-Apocalyptic Film "Five"

How many movies from the 1950s open with the same footage of an atomic bomb exploding? How many begin with an atomic bomb exploding followed […]
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June 25, 2023

A Forgotten Soviet Era Gem “The New Devil of Hellsbottom”

With the number of films produced in the twentieth century, I suppose it is inevitable that some truly wonderful ones will slip through the cracks. […]
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May 31, 2023

Bahman Farmanara’s Profound Horror Film, Tall "Shadows of the Wind"

Bahman Farmanara’s early Film Tall Shadows of the Wind was released in 1979, one year after the Iranian revolution. It was based on a short […]
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May 24, 2023

Censorship And Its Effect on Character Development In Film

When Joseph Breen and William Hays, the heads of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, sat down to read scripts and review films, […]
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May 21, 2023

 John Cassavetes’s Incomparable Film "A Woman Under The Influence"

A Woman Under The Influence is an extraordinary film. I imagine what comes to mind first for most people when they think of A Woman […]
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May 3, 2023

Hal Hartley’s "Amateur"

The first time I saw Hal Hartley’s Amateur, I had chicken pox and a 104°F temperature. I watched it before I went to bed, and […]
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April 30, 2023

Favorite Scenes No.32: "M"

Fritz Lang made M in Germany in 1931, a time often referred to as the Weimar period, a time between the World Wars when an […]
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April 23, 2023

A Horror Movie Filmed in Esperanto, With William Shatner. Why?

Director Leslie Stevens said he filmed his 1966 film Incubus in Esperanto to give it an “otherworldly” feeling. If what he meant by “otherworldly” was […]
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April 12, 2023

Favorite Scenes No.30: All Quiet On The Western Front

In 1930, Lewis Milestone directed a film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet On The Western Front. It was made before the institution […]
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March 29, 2023

A Small But Surprisingly Graphic Detail In The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler made The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946. I doubt he could have made it in 1945. In 1945, America was still […]
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March 26, 2023

Timothy Carey’s "The World’sGreatest Sinner" Is Prophetic

Let me be the first to admit I had never heard of Timothy Carey. I watched The World’s Greatest Sinner because the title was titillating, […]
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March 5, 2023

Placing Kiarostami’s "And Life Goes On" In Context

I’m not sure why Kiarostami objected to positioning his three films, Where is The Friends House?, And Life Goes On, and Through The Olive Trees […]
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February 22, 2023

Alan Gadney’s Pointless Film, Moonchild

If you like good acting, I suggest you stop reading this article and forget you ever heard the name Moonchild. This odd, little movie stars […]
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February 1, 2023

Sexual Repression And Class Warfare In Leslie Stevens’ "Private Property"

Contempt for the bourgeoisie is the driving force behind a wide range of twentieth-century art. Leslie Stevens’ Private Property is a prime example. It was […]
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