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The House Is Black

  • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
  • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
  • Realism ▶ Magical, Futuristic, Fantastic
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The Apple (1999)

The Apple is directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, the 19-year-old daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Gabbeh). Samira saw a story on television about a 65-year-old man, his blind wife, and their twin daughters, and wanted to film their story using the real people as themselves. The daughters, Massoumeh and Zahra, had been locked up in the house for 11 years. They had never been outside and they hadn't had baths since birth because the family had no running water. In Iran, every movie must be cleared by the government, and it takes awhile -- sometimes years -- before a movie is approved and film stock is issued. Samira wanted to begin as soon as possible, before the girls grew up and changed. It so happened that Mohsen was just about to receive approval for a film, and so he gave his film stock to his daughter. Even so, part of The Apple was shot on video before the film stock arrived. read more...
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    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Realism ▶ Magical, Futuristic, Fantastic
    • Production Level ▶ Raw
    • How Things Happen ▶ By cause and effect, mechanics, rules or facts
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

The Apple (1999)

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  • With: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi, Azizeh Mohamadi
  • Written by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf
  • Directed by: Samira Makhmalbaf
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Farsi with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 86 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/27/1998
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56 Up (2012)

Michael Apted's extraordinary, profound documentary series returns, another seven-year gap having passed. In case you haven't heard, this series began with a half-hour, black-and-white TV special, Seven Up! (1964), interviewing a handful of seven year-olds about life and the things they hope for. An assistant on that project, Apted, revisited the children in 7 Plus Seven (1970), and again in 21 (1977). 28 Up (1984) received a theatrical release in the United States, and critics and viewers began to see how incredible it was. Apted has now kept it up for a half-century. read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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56 Up (2012)

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  • With: Michael Apted, Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
  • Written by: n/a
  • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 144 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/14/2012
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Late Spring (1949)

Lately the films of Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) seem farther away than ever. Yes, there was a giant touring retrospective of his work in 2003, the 100th anniversary of his birth, and yes, there have been five top-quality DVDs from the Criterion Collection, and yes, many filmmakers, including Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismaki, Paul Schrader and Claire Denis, have cited his influence. But that exquisite pacing of his -- that relaxed state of life in flow -- rarely if ever turns up in any contemporary films. read more...
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Late Spring (1949)

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  • With: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura
  • Written by: Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu, based on a story by Kazuo Hirotsu
  • Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Japanese with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/13/1949

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ABC Africa (2001)

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The Royal Road (2015)

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