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Thursday, May 10 2007

Fires on the Plain: I’ll Go On

More than any political or social reading, what Fires on the Plain is really about is life in extremis -- life on the border of death.


Reviews

Thursday, July 28 2011

'The Makioka Sisters': The Art of Balancing Personal Aspirations with Familial Obligations

This understated film follows the spats and tensions in the Makioka family as they try to find husbands for the two remaining single sisters.


Monday, April 16 2007

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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