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Motherhood and Mourning in Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman

By Francesco Pascuzzi. Already with the film’s title, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman (La Sconosciuta, 2005) sets out to toy with the audience’s perspective and its perception of the lead character Irena (Ksenia Rappoport). When the protagonist arrives in town[1] and lands herself some menial work in an upscale residential building, her motives appear somewhat […]

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Un Flic: Melville and the Ambiguities

By Tony Williams. On initial release, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic (1972) disappointed many and has remained in critical limbo to the present day. Despite growing appreciation of its visual style, the reasons why the director adopted such an ambiguous and seemingly incoherent approach still remain mysterious. Any film that followed Le Cercle Rouge (1970) would […]

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Call for Submissions – The Second Annual REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL (August 21-23, 2015)

The Reel East Film Festival is seeking exciting, uncompromising and unique visions from around the world to present at our Second Annual event at the historic Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ on August 21-23, 2015. We are looking for short films in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Student and Animated. All short films must […]

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A Journalist and a Murderer (i.e., a Writer’s Fantasy): True Story (2015)

By Jude Warne. For a reviewer, for a journalist, to review and critique a film that champions and practically makes love to the journalist vocation is a uniquely complicated task. Writers believe that the art of writing is of utmost importance, but who knew everyone else did, too? Rupert Goold’s True Story is based on […]

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John Schlesinger’s Darling (1965): the British Screen in Transition

By Paul Risker. There is a natural tension that permeates the Anglo-French relationship: two countries that have intertwined histories, have fought wars as both allies and foe, and even within the political sphere of the European Union tensions have continued to endure as if they are a natural formation. So the short but sharp tongue […]

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Steve Hoover and Danny Yourd on Crocodile Gennadiy: A Tribeca Interview

By Gary M. Kramer. Crocodile Gennadiy is Steve Hoover’s compelling documentary—executive produced by Terrence Malick—about the charismatic Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who rescues drug-addicted kids off the streets and places them in his rehab center, Pilgrim Republic. A combination prison/hospital and police station, the center is a place for kids to get off drugs […]

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Sibs Shongwe-La Mer’s Necktie Youth: A Tribeca Interview

By Gary M. Kramer. Necktie Youth is a gorgeous black and white drama writing and directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, the film opens with Emily (Kelly Bates) live streaming her suicide. The effect this action has on a handful of characters plays out throughout the film. These include Jabz (Bonko […]

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Imprisoned by the Absurd: Filmmaker Patricio Henriquez on Uyghurs

By Amir Ganjavie. Montreal-based, Chilean-born filmmaker Patricio Henríquez has previously made two documentaries examining the issues surrounding abuse at the Guantánamo Bay prison. The first was Under the Hood: A Voyage into the World of Torture (2008), which centers on the treatment of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at Guantánamo. The […]

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Russell Crowe Helms Aussie History: The Water Diviner

By Elias Savada. Wow! I didn’t know (insert actor’s name here) could direct! Actually I should clarify that. Can said actor direct a film that is (a) something that his or her fans will want to see whether or not he or she is in it, and/or (b) a well done, worthy effort? There’s probably a […]

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Editorial: Film International 70

By Daniel Lindvall. In an essay recently published at Filmint.nu, Martin Smith takes a critical look at the censorship debates in the British press regarding two equally controversial recent films, Antichrist (2009, directed by Dane Lars von Trier) and The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence (2011, directed by Dutchman Tom Six). Smith’s examination of the […]

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