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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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October 15, 2021

Beauty and Tragedy in Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole

Beanpole is a visually beautiful film. It is full of saturated color and warm light, but from the first seen to the last, it presents one […]
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October 14, 2021

Raj Kapoor’s Landmark Opus Awaara

Raj Kapoor’s 1951 Bollywood epic Awaara is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. More than enough time to deliver two plots, ten musical numbers, a Busby Berkley […]
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October 13, 2021

The Zoological Existentialism of Domestic

If you look up the credits for Adrian Sitaru’s film Domestic in The Internet Movie Data Base the seven leading actors and actresses are listed first, followed by the […]
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October 12, 2021

Tuvalu, A Playful Homage To The History Of Film

German director, Veit Helmer, made Tuvalu in 1999. It’s a fast-paced, comical, collage that runs the gamut from experimental film to melodrama. There is a little bit […]
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October 11, 2021

The Personal And The Symbolic In Óscar Catacora’s Powerful Film Eternity

It is difficult to move after watching Óscar Catacora’s 2017 film Eternity. It takes a moment or two to find your way out of its pall. […]
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October 11, 2021

Noir Meets Horror In Jacques Tourneur’s Curse Of The Demon

With a name like Curse Of The Demon, I thought I was in for another typical dose of campy costumes and screaming ingénues. I didn’t even […]
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October 10, 2021

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return

There is more than one return in The Return, and each return orients the narrative in a different direction. Depending on who is returning and from […]
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October 10, 2021

Heritage And Identity In The Night of Counting the Years

As an American, I live in a place where almost nothing predates the 1600 hundreds. American history is above all short. Chicago, the city where […]
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October 9, 2021

Giuseppe De Santis’s Bitter Rice

There is a tension between the everyday and the cinematic that runs through Giuseppe De Santis’s 1949 film Bitter Rice. The movie is set in a […]
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October 9, 2021

Álex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus

The Last Circus is a rough ride. The pacing is fast, but what makes it truly disorienting is the sudden sharp turns. The plot and mood […]
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October 7, 2021

The Unfulfilled Potential of The Wall

Julian Roman Polser’s 2013 film The Wall is frustrating. It has an interesting premise, a beautiful location and some very nice cinematography but it is all but […]
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October 7, 2021

A Comparison of The Turin Horse and The Naked Island

Kaneto Shindo released The Naked Island in 1960. A half century later later Bela Tarr released The Turin Horse. Both films have minimal dialogue. Both feature two people […]
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October 6, 2021

Tomu Uchida’s Beautiful Film Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow

Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow is based on a Japanese folktale. It is not a hero’s journey but Joseph Campbell would recognize the narrative elements involving […]
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October 5, 2021

Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body And Soul

White is not a color. White is generated by the presence of the full spectrum of visible light. Figuratively, white can be seen as a […]
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October 4, 2021

Long Before Come And See Klimov Made Welcome, Or No Trespassing

In 1964 the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev, was “dismissed” and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev. Meanwhile, director Elem Klimov […]
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October 4, 2021

Sean Baker’s Tangerine

Sean Baker’s film Tangerine (2015) is a wonderful shot in the arm for the world of low budget, independent film. Personally I much preferred this film with […]
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