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Long before the tiny, talking heads of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" yammered their brainy commentary over well-worn sci-fi films, there was the benshi. During the heyday of silent films, Japanese audiences flocked to see the latest imports from the...
Film CriticJane Campion has been many things, including the only woman to win the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and an inspiration, she only recently found out, to Quentin Tarantino, who confided that her success with "The Piano" emboldened him to feel "you...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday July 24, 1998 That first-time filmmaker Darren Aronofsky calls his picture "Pi," the symbol designating the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, suggests right away that it's not going to be any ordinary science-fiction...
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TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 31, 2000 Production notes for Mark Hanlon's "Buddy Boy" describe it as "a dark and twisted exploration of faith, alienation and madness"--and is it ever! Aidan Gillen's Francis is an introverted stutterer who lives in an extravagantly...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday October 6, 2000 Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark," that most morose of musicals, is so exasperating in its contradictions, so frustrating in its fakery, so deeply irritating in its pretensions, it's frankly hard to know where to begin...
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TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday December 22, 2000 Through his acclaimed autobiographical films, most notably "Distant Voices, Still Lives," England's Terence Davies has demonstrated a knack for bringing the past alive to disclose pain and treachery beneath a seductively...
Times Staff WriterA dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters and cigarettes, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Cercle Rouge" (The Red Circle) is about three men on the run and one man on the hunt. Originally released in 1970, it was one of only 13 features directed by the French...
Times Staff WriterThere is something remarkable about Lukas Moodysson's ability to keep us in our seats for a movie that's as relentlessly bleak as his latest, "Lilya 4-Ever." That doesn't sound like much of a recommendation, but one of the things that separates real movie...
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There are all sorts of reasons we go to the movies -- to be soothed or excited or to hide out in the dark -- but at their most sublime, film transports us out of the here and the now. It sounds corny to talk about transcendence and the movies,...
Times Staff WriterSome years before he died, the French director Robert Bresson gave an interview to film critic Michel Ciment. Bresson was in his early 80s and had recently completed "L'Argent." The film, Bresson's last, concerns a man who commits a murder for money but...
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Although Thérèse Martin's "Story of a Soul" has been translated into 60 languages and has sold a reported 100 million copies since its 1898 publication and led to Martin's canonization in 1925, Leonardo Defilippis' film of her brief life will be best...
Times Staff WriterIn "Dragonfly," a souped-up romantic tale of longing for contact beyond the grave, we're told that the Doctors Darrow (Kevin Costner and Susanna Thompson) are the perfect team--he has the head and she supplies the heart. Both work at the same Chicago...
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