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Criterion film a day, day 19: “Le Havre”– kitsch french culture and the invading immigrants

I think on French netflix there should be a category called “charmante” for all those cute little French films featuring cafes, baguette’s and mysterious (and mysteriously easy) women with pixie haircut. Especially as these films, with “Amelie” as their cute … Continue reading

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Criterion film a day, day 15: Tokyo Story and the pain of generational conflict

There is no relationship so happily connected to loss as the relationship to parent and child. The good parent always dreams that the child will grow with a strong moral compass, independent mind and, usually, talents greater than the parents. … Continue reading

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Criterion film a day, day 14: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible

With a basic cultural understanding, it’s easy to figure out what films have been made under the rule of dictatorships: There is a suck-up attitude underlying the film, an uneasy eagerness to please, and of course, plenty of overtures to … Continue reading

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Criterion film a day, Day 10: George Washington

We equate a loss of youth with a loss of innocence, but the truth is, we’re never really quite sure what we’re losing. We lose innocence, sure, or as we get older (for life is, one long loss of youth) … Continue reading

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Criterion film a day, Day 8: Deprisa, Deprisa (“Faster, Faster”)

Rebellions for freedom have always been the war of the young, which isn’t to say it’s a consistently well-fought campaign. The four youth of the 1981 Spanish movie┬áDeprisa Deprisa, are hedonistically desperate to live up to what they believe is … Continue reading

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Criterion film a day, day 7: Orson Welles’ F for Fake.

F for Fake is a half-brilliant half-mess, and fully infuriating-to-parse film that. It is part documentuary, part-noir, part self-indulgent masturbation (as opposed to…charitable masturbation?), it is a film essay that runs excitedly through different story lines, ideas, and film genres. … Continue reading

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Criterion film a day, day 6: Polanski’s “Knife in the Water”–Will it be sunk by cliche? Water pun!

Hooray! I’m finally in the 60s–which I can actually be excited about because my parents were a little bit too young to dabble in things like free love and hirsute nudity. As for film, I feel like Roman Polanski’s Knife … Continue reading

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