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  • The Plea

    The Plea

    ★★★★½

    The Beautiful Nature of Man Can Never Die” – Vazha Pshavela

    The Plea or Molba is one of those films that must be seen by anyone who believes in the importance of fighting against evil. Fighting does mean to take a gun and go after anyone whom you think is evil, but, rather to simply be as good as possible so as not to become like the one you think is evil. In Tengiz Abuladze`s film the subject of the…

  • A Moment of Innocence

    A Moment of Innocence

    ★★★★

    When veteran Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar) was holding auditions for his 1995 film, Salaam Cinema, one of the hundreds of nonprofessional actors who showed up was a middle-aged ex-policeman. As fate would have it, this was the same policeman that Makhmalbaf had stabbed 20 years earlier, when the director was a teenage revolutionary. The coincidence inspired Makhmalbaf to make a film in which the director and the policeman shoot a film re-creating the stabbing incident. The result is A…

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  • Jules and Jim

    Jules and Jim

    ★★★★

    In 1962, the French New Wave’s most avid bookworm released an adaptation of Henri-Pierre Roché’s novel ‘Jules et Jim’. It was François Truffaut’s second adaptation (and his third feature film) but this one was special: the young tyro director and the art collector from another era (Roché had died in 1959, aged 80) came together like, well, Jules and Jim.

    Roche’s autobiographical story of a Frenchman, Jim (Henri Serre) and a German, Jules (Oskar Werner) whose friendship survives World War…

  • Twenty-Four Eyes

    Twenty-Four Eyes

    ★★★★★

    Keisuke Kinoshita’s Twenty-Four Eyes — which beat Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai as Kinema Junpo’s Best Film of 1954 and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1955 — is one of Japan’s most beloved films. In 1999 it was picked by Japanese critics as one of the ten best Japanese films of all time. Both a huge commercial and critical success, this deeply affecting anti-war film has, according to the critic Sato Tadao, “wrung more tears out of…