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  • Secret Tibet

    Secret Tibet 1943

    ★★★ Watched 27 May, 2016

    Fairly dull Nazi propaganda documentary about an expedition to Tibet by a German team of scientists. Lots of emphasis on concepts like victory, stamina and the will to die for collective goals, and on the similarities between the peoples of the Himalayas and the Aryan race. Not without some phrenology and other pseudo-science, of course.

    The goal of the voyage was not to bring home an entertaining film for the German people, but to look for the Ur-Arier, the original Aryan, one of Himmler's esoteric follies. Please note that this is barely touched upon in Geheimnis Tibet.

    More here (German).

  • Torerillos, 61

    Torerillos, 61 1962

    ★★★½ Watched 27 May, 2016

    A docudrama following three young aspiring bullfighters on their way to fame, glory and possible death.

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  • Alucarda

    Alucarda 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2014 3

    Ken Russell directs Heavenly Creatures with set design by Peter Greenaway and nuns provided by Coil. An 8/10.

  • Night Fishing

    Night Fishing 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 26 May, 2016

    Don't let the western poster and the first half of the film fool you into believing you are about to watch K-horror. Deeply rooted in Korean mythology, religion and shamanism, Paranmanjang reminded me of the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Well worth your time.

    4/5