This film is Martin Scorsese at his bravest and most creative, a film that is sadly quite misunderstood and unfairly criticised even though it is easy to understand why it stirred up so much controversy and still does.
A cinema in Paris that showed the film was burned to the ground, injuring 13 people, 4 seriously. A Christian group tried to buy up the stock so they could destroy the film, and every copy of it. Christians would stand outside…
Farewell My Concubine is an epic tale of love, betrayal, art and Chinese history. Two boys are trained from young age to perform classical Chinese opera, especially one famous one called Farewell My Concubine. One of them plays the king (Shitou) and the other one the concubine (Douzi).
Douzi believes that art should imitate life and they two should be united for ever (like the king and the concubine). Shitou sees the opera more like a work, and does not…
A cable programmer is looking for some rough porn for his local TV station. He stumbles upon a torture porn station called Videodrome and becomes hooked on it.
The 80s brought us video cassettes and with it came a chance for teenagers and youths to watch films they had never seen before, films that had age restrictions which prevented them from seeing them at cinema. Sometimes youths could even see films that were banned in their home country. These films…
Béla Tarr is a hit and miss with me. This is, IMO, his best film. Simplicity becomes him! We have everything from a Béla Tarr film here, the wind, things blowing all over the place, long takes, beautiful black and white cinematography, dirty people, even dirtier animals, repetition of things, filmed from a different view, hopelessness and a dystopian world. Here Tarr's style works perfectly for the story.
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