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  • Il Sorpasso
  • My Night at Maud's
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  • Anantaram

    ★★★★★

  • Thérèse

    ★★★★

  • Empty Quarter: A Woman in Africa

    ★★★★½

  • Mukhamukham

    ★★★★

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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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  • Anantaram

    Anantaram

    ★★★★★

    They say this movie is in two parts, and so it is. Nearly halfway through the runtime something very ominous for our monologist is suggested before he announces in voiceover, “The story does not end here. I think there is a lot more to be said.” And so the story starts over in childhood, telling a different side of the story. But the first part falls neatly into two acts, whereas I would argue the second part has three acts.…

  • Thérèse

    Thérèse

    The young woman lived her life as efficiently as she could muster; the filmmaker depicted her life as efficiently as he could muster. It seems I should write about it all as efficiently as I can muster. Placing the scenes on stages of abstract space effectively expresses a life lived not according to the body. Instead, though, her disincarnate life leaves her vulnerable to neuroses of the mind. She suffers from “scruples” in a way that only Western saints do…

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