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  • Youth

    Youth

    ★½

    Pretentious is the first word that comes to mind. I tried to watch it all the way through but could not last past the first half hour or so. An extra half star just for the benefit of the doubt. I didn't enjoy his last film either.

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed this unconventional fable. It brought back memories of Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour. Abstract closeups of sand covered, naked flesh.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★½

    Almost experimental. Great soundtrack. Moody as hell. Tracking shots like those of Birth. Reminds me of Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" in that the film is experienced through the eyes of the alien. Not much is explained. I like the mystery.

  • The Great Beauty

    The Great Beauty

    ★½

    This is one film that did not appeal to me in the least. I was not even particularly impressed by the cinematography. I won't criticize this one because my feelings about it are obviously biased.