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Sight and Sound and Fury: Paul Fonoroff's Powerful 'Chinese Movie Magazines'

In Chinese Movie Magazines, Paul Fonoroff highlights the capacity for humans to embed their desires and history in the most innocuous-seeming of creative efforts.

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Shedding Light on the World in Edward Yang's 'A Brighter Summer Day'

This extraordinarily tender yet epic and incisive portrait of mid-century Taiwan is one of film’s great fumblings towards an elusive truth.

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'The Lonely City' Makes a Case for Empathy and Kindness

Olivia Laing mixes art criticism and memoir; effectively synthesizing these two modes of writing so that the personal elevates the analysis, with a sizable emotional heft.

Film

Many Faces of Lady Whirlwind: 'The Angela Mao Ying Collection'

Angela Mao is wholesome and badass, a personality that, when brought to her fight scenes, immediately marks her as a star—although the scripts she was given don't often give her the chance to maximize that stardom.

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Golden Harvest (H.K.) Limited

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If a Script Gets Written, But No One Produces It, Does It Still Make the Sound of a Laugh?

Hollywood Said No! is classic fan fodder, essentially inessential, and given the kind of loving attention to detail familiar from DVD box sets and limited edition doo-gadgets.

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It's Refreshing to Read an Essay That's Not Trying to Tap Dance Its Way Into Your Heart

David Lazar's writing in Occasional Desire: Essays is personal yet scholarly, funny yet melancholy, familiar and warm, yet experimental and original.

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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.

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When a Circus Clown Moves from the Bright Spotlight to the Glow of Film: 'Pierre Etaix'

Pierre Étaix’s movies are imaginative and carefully composed, with a distinctive and accomplished vision that deserves rediscovery.

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C.A.P.A.C.

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'Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System'

There's a creative tension between wanting to capture a documentary sense of reality and the expressionist visuals used to capture the characters’ psychological reality.

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Shochiku Company Limited

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The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies by David Thomson

A good portion of this book reads like the work of a funny and provocative professor finally putting his thoughts to paper, yet still tied to the same syllabus he’s been forced to teach for 30 years.

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Like Dreams, Riveted in the Dark: 'Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave'

A dry absurdist sense of humor mixed with moments of surrealism, satiric jabs at the Communist government disguised as a critique of corrupt and inept power in general —these were the commonalities among a group of Czechoslovak directors that could be widely disparate in their styles.

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Daniel Sada's 'Almost Never' Is Wittily Crass

Almost Never is a book about horniness, the pubescent desire to have an urge satisfied immediately and being stifled at every step.

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Missed Connections: Tom McCarthy's 'Men in Space'

This has the patchwork quality of a work from a still gestating writer, but Tom McCarthy’s voice and chief obsessions, mainly the intersections and missed connections between people and technologies, are very much in evidence.

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Agony and Ecstasy: 'Jerusalem:The Biography'

Jerusalem makes an engrossing case for history as a teeming, unruly cacophony leavened by humanitarian undercurrents.

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NYFF 2011: Four Films on Music and Redemption

The desire to balance the material and the spiritual is a theme apparent in the documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World and also in Steve McQueen's Shame, which takes the idea to a physical extreme.

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Regina Films

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