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  • Mr. Pecksniff Fetches the Doctor

    Mr. Pecksniff Fetches the Doctor 1904

    ★½ Watched 26 Jan, 2016

    Doesn't live up to the title.

    P.S. Interesting snapshot of a transitional moment in film: A man runs down what's very clearly a real street; a cut later, he arrives at a community-theater-grade painted backdrop meant to represent the front of a house.

  • Revolution in Russia

    Revolution in Russia 1906

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2016

    First film based on the events that inspired Battleship Potemkin. In true mid-1900s French style, the mutiny is compressed into a single tableaux shot, with sailors flinging dummy officers overboard, some of which get stuck on the bulwarks. Surprisingly madcap, with stylized forced-perspective miniatures and two different spyglass POV shots.

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  • The Immigrant

    The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2013 6

    No one's written the Great American Novel yet, but James Gray went ahead and made a movie out of it anyway.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015 1

    Simply gorgeous. Takes wuxia, the most over-played genre in Chinese film, and makes it seem completely alien without subverting any of its gestures or values.