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Republic (380? BC, Plato)

Everyone who knows Plato knows of Republic and knows of the allegory of the cave, I imagine, or at least my popular-informed conception of Republic considered the cave to be its central point or climax. As reading through the previous … Continue reading

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928, D. H. Lawrence)

At times it seems like reading and writing a novel like this which exalts the immediate bodily and sensory experience of life over the insular and intellectualized is committing a great hypocrisy. The hands that cradle the spine and turn … Continue reading

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Intention Unknown

5 Nov 2013: Code Unknown (DVD, 2000, Michael Haneke) Either intriguingly mysterious or banally unmysterious, this film probably depends more than most on where you are to fill in its gaps (visualized via black-cushioned cuts between the disparate events of … Continue reading

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Drowning Your Problems in Film

30 Oct 2013: Diabolique (DVD, 1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot) An unsung masterwork of horror and dread, this film, like Wages of Fear and Le Corbeau, demonstrates Clouzot’s expertise at generating a claustrophobic and atmospheric environment of suspicion and recrimination. It seems … Continue reading

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A Fierce Miss American Pie-Maker

16 Oct 2013: Mildred Pierce (DVD, 2011, Todd Haynes) Though at first I was impressed with the visual tributes to melodrama-master Rainer Werner Fassbinder (there’s a PFA retrospective of his at the moment), the frosted glass, the dollies behind prominent … Continue reading

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Disaster Chef

10 Oct 2013: Pusher III: I’m the Angel of Death (DVD, 2005, Nicolas Winding Refn) By far the dullest of the trilogy, probably by design, but like the second, its slight distinctions from the norm don’t elevate it any further … Continue reading

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Stooges’ Lewd Prenuptial Nubile TV Jubilee

1 Oct 2013: A Brideless Groom (DVD, 1947, Edward Bernds) Of the three films on the Seven Chances DVD that use the chaos of the myriad eager brides, this is the one that goes furthest not just in obviously racy … Continue reading

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