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  • The Tatami Galaxy
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting
  • Essene

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  • The Marriage Circle

    ★★★½

  • Hall

    ★★★

  • Clouds

    ★★★

  • Room Film 1973

    ★★½

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  • The Marriage Circle

    The Marriage Circle

    ★★★½

    Reaction-shot comedy of (near-)adultery and chagrin. Strong crowd response to the deeply .gif-able performances of Monte Blue and Adolphe Menjou. It’s the film that set the pattern for Lubitsch as Hollywood purveyor of sleek, waggish Euro comedy—not his best, but it shows how little he had to change his approach to accommodate sound (a few punchlines here rely on lip-reading; if anything, I feel like sound may have freed him up to show gesture and action more?).

  • Hall

    Hall

    ★★★

    Subjecting the entryway of an apartment to rhythmic, analytical editing. An annoying doorbell ringing forever (before it stops) and a few bohemian accoutrements: an aborted graphite portrait, a paint smudge, a poster of Godard with the Stones.

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  • Crossroad

    Crossroad

    ★★★★

    The cities were full of detail and grotesquery, but there was something about the half-rendered countryside that drew me into endless, third-person motorbike trips. When Solomon, great excavator of the undersides of images, played San Andreas, he charted a course for the heart of the game: the animation of CJ's body at rest.

    The bouquet, left spinning in gale-force winds, is meant to be used as a gift in a romance subplot, a disappointing date simulator. This being GTA, you…

  • The Pumpkin Race

    The Pumpkin Race

    There are few film images more satisfying than giant, self-propelled pumpkins softly bouncing into a manhole.