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  • Tokyo!

    Tokyo!

    Tokyo! (in Japanese with English subtitles) consists of three short films: Michel Gondry’s Interior Design, Leos Carax’s Merde and Bong Joon-Ho’s Shaking Tokyo. All three pieces contain surreal elements that convey the endless tumult and impermanence of a metropolis that, unlike the other great cities of the world, is constantly changing in the steady swirl of humanity and neon.

    Interior Design relates the problems facing a provincial couple, Hiroko and Akira (Ayako Fujitani and Ryo Kase), arriving in Tokyo with…

  • Everlasting Moments

    Everlasting Moments

    02/24/09

    Jan Troell’s Everlasting Moments, from a screenplay by Niklas Rådström (in Swedish with English subtitles), is based on the true story of Maria (Maria Heiskanen) and Sigfrid Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt), who were married in 1907 and eventually bore seven children, the last two of which were the products of marital rapes. As the 77-year-old writer-director explains the genesis of his remarkable film in his Director’s Statement: “Everlasting Moments is the result of an involvement that began as far back…

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  • The Chess Players

    The Chess Players

    ★★★★★

    Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players is said to represent a radical departure in the director's career from the Bengali-language works he has made up to now: It is his first feature in Hindi. The non-Indian viewer can hardly be expected to understand all the ramifications of this movie. The question then arises as to where The Chess Players fits in Ray's career as subtitled cinema. Actually, since much of the film is concerned with British colonialism, about a third of…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    If there had been no newspaper strike, and mine were a lonely voice instead of an only voice, Lawrence of Arabia might now be festooned with the superlatives accorded such previous superproductions as The Best Years of Our Lives, Around the World in 80 Days, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Ben Hur. But like its almost forgotten predecessors, Lawrence is simply another expensive mirage, dull, overlong, and coldly impersonal. Its objective is less to entertain or enlighten than…