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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Sunday, January 8 2012

The Best DVDs of 2011

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


Sunday, August 21 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 7: Kenji Mizoguchi to Satyajit Ray

Pushing boundaries seems to be the thread that ties the directors of our seventh day together. From Japanese innovators to Italian iconclasts and Polish provocateurs, the directors that fall between Kenji Mizoguchi and the man who was perhaps India's greatest visual storyteller, Satyajit Ray, all push the form in incredible, surprising ways.


Reviews

Thursday, August 15 2013

The Bette Davis of Japan and Her Performance in 'The Life of Oharu'

Kinuyo Tanaka faithfully portrays different aspects Oharu – pride, vanity, sensitivity, despondency, impetuousness, devout motherhood, and lust – in a manner that is both kaleidoscopic yet realistic.


Thursday, April 4 2013

Suffering Stripped to Its Lineaments: 'Sansho the Bailiff'

This film would retain its beauty even if the print were dragged through the mud.


Monday, July 2 2007

Sansho the Bailiff

Despite his dissatisfaction, that so much of the film works magnificently is evidence of Mizoguchi 's hard driving perfectionism.


Blogs

Wednesday, December 14 2011

ReFramed 16: Kenji Mizoguchi's 'The Crucified Lovers' (1954)

Another great Japanese auteur gets one of his lesser known 'gems' reconsidered in this installment's cinematic back and forth


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