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October 25, 2021

Social Psychology In Mehrjui’s Gaav (The Cow)

The first two-thirds of Dariush Mehrjui’s film Gaav (The Cow) feel’s like a biblical parable. It is not predictable, but it feels like it’s going to be. […]
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October 25, 2021

The Lives of Others

The first hour of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ’s 2006 film The Lives of Others is masterful. The atmosphere is taut and cold. There is […]
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October 24, 2021

Kiarostami’s Where Is The Friend’s House?

​Jean-Luc Godard famously bragged “All I need to make a movie is a girl and a gun” but he was a pretentious asshole. All Abbas […]
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October 23, 2021

How Women’s Bodies Occupy Space In Women Without Men

I didn’t realize how much I adjust my expectations when I sit down to watch an Iranian film. I hear Farsi being spoken, I see […]
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October 23, 2021

Favorite Scenes №9: Ran

​In 1985 Akira Kurosawa finished his grand-scale opus, Ran. The film is his interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is full of spectacular imagery, ornate […]
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October 22, 2021

Buddha, Japan’s Answer to The Ten Commandments

​When Cecil B Demille made The Ten Commandments he made at least some effort to stay true to his source material. It may not be […]
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October 22, 2021

The Ultraman Story

When I was a freshman in college and I first walked into Miller Dining Hall I saw something I had never seen before. There was […]
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October 22, 2021

The Abnormal Woman

The Abnormal Woman was directed by George Rodgers in 1969. It was filmed without sound and has narration dubbed over it. It came out just […]
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October 22, 2021

György Pálfi’s Hukkle

The world of cinema is most often constructed out of three shots: the wide shot, the medium shot, and the close-up. It’s a relative analog to […]
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October 22, 2021

György Pálfi’s Taxidermia

After you recover from the shock of the opening scene you realize you will need to recalibrate your surrealism scale if you are going to […]
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October 21, 2021

Situationist International and Thermroc

In May of 1968, France came to a standstill. The economy ceased to function the president fled the country and a huge percentage of the […]
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October 21, 2021

Favorite Scenes №7: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire was the result of a confluence of great talent. Elia Kazan directed it for Warner Brothers in 1951. The screenplay was written […]
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October 20, 2021

Barbara Loden’s Wanda

Wanda is a bleak film. Imagine if you asked Bela Tarr to remake Bonnie and Clyde. There is no release, no redemption, not even an annihilation, […]
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October 19, 2021

Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas

In an effort to simplify the human experience it is common to claim that there are only two emotions, fear, and love. Oprah and Dr. Phil […]
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October 19, 2021

Just in time for Christmas It’s A Porn Film Called I Saw Jesus Die

Oh my god, this is a bad film. Whatever your concept of low budget trash is, you’re gonna need a shovel to dig to a […]
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October 19, 2021

Bong Joon Ho, Michael Gondry, and Leos Carax, in Tokyo!

Tokyo! Is an anthology film. It contains three movies by three different filmmakers. The first is called Interior Design by Michael Gondry, the second is Merde […]
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October 19, 2021

Favorite Scenes №5: The White Ribbon

​Austrian filmmaker, Michael Haneke, made The White Ribbon In 2009. It was his contribution to an age-old discussion, a paradox caused by our mortality. The fact that […]
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October 17, 2021

Hirokazu Koreeda’s Still Walking

According to family lore when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would answer “A fire-hydrant!” After the laughter subsided my […]
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October 17, 2021

Majid Majidi’s The Color of Paradise

The Color of Paradise was both written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi. It’s an intense and touching drama about a young blind boy and […]
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October 17, 2021

Todd Solondz’s Sequel to Happiness, Life During War Time

Much of what makes a Todd Solondz movie compelling is its ability to strike a razor-thin balance between sincerity and satire, between tragedy and absurdity. […]
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October 17, 2021

The Use of Pastiche in Da 5 Bloods

In his book The Signifying Monkey, Henry Louis Gates Jr. describes a practice that he saw as common in black culture. At its simplest it comes down […]
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October 16, 2021

Favorite Scenes №2: Rashomon

Akira Kurosawa made Rashomon in 1950. The world of Rashomon is a tense chess game played by three characters. The game is less about strategy and more […]
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October 16, 2021

Three Pornographic Versions Of Romeo And Juliet

Hello, my name is Filmofile and I will be your waiter this evening. On the menu, we have a pornographic version of Romeo And Juliet directed by […]
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October 15, 2021

Carlos Reygadas’s Japón

Carlos Reygadas’s 2002 movie Japón uses the three core ingredients from Ingmar Bergman’s cookbook, death, sex, and god. Death, and its attendant fear, provides the engine that […]
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