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  • British Sounds

    British Sounds

    Ends with literal red-flag waving, which cracked me up. I love that Godard and Gorin tried to get this on British TV.
    A star rating is probably irrelevant. (Godard and Gorin might agree that it probably deserves zero stars, since the red flag is not, mercifully, today unfurled over 10 Downing Street.)
    Still, Godard remains a poet, even here. That tracking shot of the MG assembly line recalling the famous traffic jam in "Weekend." Godard and Gorin had fine ironic…

  • Rainbow: A Private Affair

    Rainbow: A Private Affair


    "It's said that RAINBOW: A PRIVATE AFFAIR will perhaps be the final film from Paolo and Vittorio Taviana, the venerable brothers whose credits include Padre Padrone (1977), The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982), and Caeser Must Die (2012). (Co-written by the brothers, their putative swan song finds Paolo receiving solo credit for direction.) If so, it's a haunting, memorable sendoff. "

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    The Beaches of Agnès


    I am bursting with love for this film. It's everything I love; everything life and cinema should be: Paris, the left, music, love, creativity. This is a formally inventive look back on Agnes Varda's great, long life and career (and she is still going strong). My love for it overflows, gushes into this box, this container to fill with words. I felt tears of joy sting my face when, towards the end, I beheld the "house of cinema."

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    Last Train Home


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