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Entries from March 2006

The American Friend (Der Amerikanische Freund)

March 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment

This film was in my list primarily to see all of the cinematic incarnations of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley character. Those films would include this one, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Ripley’s Game (2002), and (still to be seen) Purple Noon (1960). And since hearing director Wim Wenders speak at the screening of Don’t Come [...]

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Tags: Crime/Noir · Director · Drama · Thriller

In the Realms of the Unreal

March 29th, 2006 · No Comments

I don’t recall exactly how or when I was first introduced to the work of outsider artist Henry Darger, the Chicago recluse who produced volumes of writings and scores of large, double-sided paintings in his one-room apartment, none of which were discovered until the time of his death. Having read about this 2004 documentary, it [...]

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Tags: Documentary

Black Narcissus / Yankee Doodle Dandy

March 25th, 2006 · 2 Comments

I respond well to lists. As such, when my brother-in-law gave me the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die last Christmas, I spent most of the 7-hour flight home from Dublin placing check marks on the pages of the films I’d seen, and reading, with considerable interest, the reviews of the ones [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Drama · Musical

Three… Extremes (Saam gaang yi)

March 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

Episodic film collaborations, in which a number of directors each contribute a short segment, can be great entertainment, especially if the collection allows the viewer to compare and contrast how each director’s distinct style is applied to the common theme, be it love (Eros), disaster (September 11), change (Visions of Europe), a place (the upcoming [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama · Foreign Language · Horror · Short

Don’t Come Knocking Q&A with Wim Wenders

March 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Last night was a special preview screening of Wim Wenders‘ latest film, Don’t Come Knocking, after which the director fielded questions for at least 30 minutes. The film debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but is making its US release over the next few weeks. I have a great deal of respect for Wenders’ [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama