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  • Friends of Mine
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Antoine and Colette
  • Stromboli

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  • Pilgrimage

  • Steamboat Willie

  • Chef Donald

  • Mr. Duck Steps Out

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  • Ministry of Fear

    Ministry of Fear

    ★★★½

    "After reading the script, Lang was mortified by the changes to Greene’s original narrative, but found there were no clauses in his contract that allowed him input on the screenplay, nor any that allowed him to leave the project. Cornered in an alley like one of his characters, he directed the film out of obligation. Lang’s own estimation of the resulting film was low, and when seeing it decades later on TV “cut to pieces”, he fell asleep.

    Yet viewed…

  • Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst

    Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst

    Unfolding Florence aims to make a case for Florence Broadhurst – a woman born into a family of cattle farmers in country Queensland who over her life reinvented herself as an "English" signer, fashion designer, socialite and wallpaper designer, before being murdered in her own factory at 78 – as an unsung hero. I nearly joined the large group of walk-outs, but am glad I stayed to clarify my hunches that Gillian Armstrong a) is a competent director of okay-to-great fiction…

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  • There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown

    There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown

    ★★★★

    Towards the end of this short, Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, and Marcie meet to work on their reports for an art gallery field trip. Afterwards, Charlie Brown walks Marcie home and she kisses him, saying "If you don't want that to be from me... think of it as being from Peppermint Patty". In other words this is basically a Rohmer film, and probably the most underrated Peanuts TV special.

  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy

    ★★★★★

    Cringe comedy begins and peaks here, with every single near-unbearable situation never not reminding us of the unfortunately relatable sadness and desperation behind Pupkin and Masha. The harder the studio audience laughs during Pupkin's monologue, the harder I want to cry.