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'The John Cassavetes Collection: Shadows & Faces'

His characters don'tt have the dramatic stylization of Hollywood films, but they respond to the stimuli given by John Cassavetes' unusual shooting style, which doesn't let the actors know whether they are on frame or not.

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Three Films by Béla Tarr: 'Almanac of Fall', 'Damnation' and 'Satantago'

In a period when cinema accelerated editing and prioritised visual effects that over simplified the narrative, Tarr downplayed story-development in favour of formal abstraction, which forced the audience to respond to and reflect upon the material on screen, rather than simply consume it.

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Nostalgia for Political Modernism in 'Yesterday Girl'

Facets’ recent publication of Alexander Kluge’s Yesterday Girl (1966) is important not only in terms of the film’s artistic value, but also because of its historical relevance.

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'The Ozu Collection: The Student Comedies' Makes Us Nostalgic of Modernity

In this specific 2-disk DVD set, the BFI has compiled four rare films by Yasujiro Ozu plus a surviving fragment. The films belong to the genre of ‘The Student Comedies’, a genre which Ozu picked up from imported American films.

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'A Separation': A Broad Message Sent via Minimalist Form

This doesn't offer ‘universal’ and single-minded ‘humanistic’ messages; instead, it reveals that social oppression needs to be understood beyond the oversimplistic dichotomies of good versus evil.

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Alexander Kluge's Truly Anarchic Spirit: 'Kluge in the Beginning'

Alexander Kluge’s films aim to politicize aspects of life that one considers to be apolitical, and he shows that a film can be both complicated and intriguing without looking like a special effects-laden Star Wars flick.

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'The Rebellion of Red Maria': A Punk Musical, in which Queer Rebels Turn into Serial Killers

The Guardian characterized Costas Zapa as an outstanding director of the auteur in Greek New Wave and Cineuropa. PopMatters talks with Zapa about his new film, The Rebellion of Red Maria.

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'Bronco Bullfrog' Is Classic 'Cinema Direct'

The actors perform for the camera and themselves, given that the film is based upon material taken from their own lives. One cannot easily distinguish the boundaries between performance and authenticity.

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'The Edge of the World' Beautifully Conveys the 'Real' Realism of British Cinema

The Edge of the World has a very loose narrative structure and in many respects the Scottish landscape becomes the major protagonist at the expense of dramaturgy and character portrayal.

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The Illusion of Identity in Lars Von Trier's Antichrist

Lars von Trier suggests that the terrible and the horrific are not to be found in the abnormal behaviour of an outsider, but within our relationships, and the play of domination and submission in everyday life.

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Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos: 29.Nov.09 - Brighton, UK

Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos: 29 November 2009 - Cinecity Film Festival - Brighton, England

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