Articles tagged kon ichikawa, makioka sisters, junichiro tanizaki, criterion

An Epochal Tragedy Transforms Into a World Cinema Masterwork in ‘Throne of Blood’

By combining Macbeth with elements of traditional Japanese drama, Akira Kurosawa produced a singular, transcultural film experience.

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Color Snapshots: Agnès Varda in California

Six hard-to-find films are now available in brightly colored restorations.

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‘Day for Night’ Is a Film Master’s Passionate Ode to His Craft

François Truffaut never produced a more meaningful or downright entertaining tribute to the art of film and filmmaking than 1973's Day for Night.

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Where Have You Gone, Monsieur Hulot?

Persistent themes of Jacques Tati’s films were work and play, two forces in conflicting or complementary relationships, always inspiring creativity regardless of configuration.

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Love and Claustrophobia in ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant’

Fassbinder's stifling drama about the sufferings of dependence is high camp, where the sparks fly with radiant colours.

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My Slow Start With ‘Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’

Racing games still force players to start with the slowest cars and work their way up. Despite my frustrations, this system works for Hot Pursuit.

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Three Important Films Shot in the Impoverished Fontainhas Neighborhood in Lisbon

As the Portuguese director Pedro Costa's work shows, art is not always pretty and art does not give answers, but there is a process, like life, of destruction and creation that offers transcendence, however fleeting.

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4 Feb 2010 // 8:59 PM


The typical gangster film is turned on its ear; unlike its biblical namesake, no God passes judgment here.

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THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV 3 ½ stars Cast: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, Silvagni, Katharina Renn, Dominique Vincent and Pierre Barrat Director: Roberto Rossellini Writers:

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10 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Burnout Paradise

Burnout Paradise strives to be more than traditional, and in many ways it succeeds, but some of the design choices may prove unappealing for people who simply wanted a modest update to the franchise.

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30 Jan 2008 // 1:45 AM

4 BY AGNES VARDA (The Criterion Collection) In 1954, a photographer named Agnes Varda set up shop in a marshy coastal city in the west of France

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24 Apr 2007 // 4:34 AM

New DVDs gather early work by Jean Renoir, Louis Malle

Two of the greatest of all French filmmakers are the subjects of two new and revealing DVD retrospectives of their early work. The Jean Renoir

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The Burmese Harp (Biruma no tategoto) (1956)

The film's awareness lies behind much of the action, to give it a gravity and power that offers hope without denying the potentially hopeless psychological brutality of war.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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