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  • The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    ★★★★★

    WELCOME TO THE ETHER

    Whenever binocular vision is depicted in cinema as two circles joined in the middle, you are being told an optical lie. The two eyes are but lenses through which the mind sees together but one image. When you look through binoculars, the mind sees not two circles but one.

    And so the circular, telescopic vision of The Forgotten Colours of Dreams produces a forceful distancing effect disembodying the viewer from all the material sense data being…

  • World of Glory

    World of Glory

    ★★★★

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    This 1991 short cemented Andersson’s conversion away from realism and marked the path to his Living Trilogy. Its Swedish title “Härlig är jorden” comes from a Christian hymn and translates as “Lovely Is the Earth.” Epitomizing the life of a tall, mustachioed, professional-class Swedish man, an estate agent, the film compresses all that needs to be said in 15 brief scenes — carefully composed images statically captured and arranged in a parabolic structure.

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    1) Holocaust truck, the screaming…

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  • Blessings of the Land

    Blessings of the Land

    ★★★★½

    Where is your treasure? In what have you invested? Will it last? Will it be enough? Will you grow? Will you provide? Are you just here for yourself? Can you stand the wait? Will you go mad? Will there be anyone to help? How’s that investment doing?

    I don’t want to write too much about this movie. I never knew where it was going, and I preferred it that way; life happens that way. Opinions I trusted said it would…

  • Summer Clouds

    Summer Clouds

    ★★★★½

    When an empire contracts, its society transforms into something different. Siblings, blocking each other from inheritance and no longer able to find opportunity abroad, must now turn their energies inward, and the nation, in the habit of colonizing other places, as it were colonizes itself.

    How post-war Japan came to terms with occupying its limited space is the subject of farming author Tsutou Wada’s 1957 novel Summer Clouds, here adapted by the great Shinobu Hashimoto (Rashomon, Ikiru, Harakiri) and directed…

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