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The Royal Road

  • Anxiety Level ▶ I need to chill
  • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
  • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
  • Boldness ▶ Surrender, endurance, struggle, supression or restraint
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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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    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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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: 09/12/1949
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And Life Goes On (1992)

The middle film (1991) of Abbas Kiarostami's "Earthquake Trilogy" -- after Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) and before Through the Olive Trees (1994) -- is yet another masterpiece and perhaps the first film on which the filmmaker really began playing around with space and reality. It starts like a documentary, with an actor who is not Kiarostami playing a filmmaker who suggests Kiarostami. (He's played by Farhad Kheradmand.) Driving around the village of Koker that was recently destroyed by an earthquake, he looks for the young actors who played in Where Is the Friend's Home?. Instead, the filmmaker becomes involved in the locals and their attempts to rebuild their lives among the rubble. Many scenes feel improvised, but the poetry in them seem too deliberate for that. The final shot involving the filmmaker's car and a twisty uphill road will resonate for hours after the film is over. It's also known as Life and Nothing More.... read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

And Life Goes On (1992)

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  • With: Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour
  • Written by: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Persian/Farsi, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/25/1992
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The River (1951)

If Jean Renoir's The River were released today, critics would complain about the awkward performances and the meandering plot, and the stretches where a female narrator, apparently reading from Rumer Godden's novel, tells us all about the daily goings-on on and around the Ganges River. But as I watched the movie for the first time since college, I realized that these things are all part of a whole, part of a specific flow. It's not too much of a stretch to say that the movie itself flows like a river, with currents and eddies, and no particular starting point or stopping point. Things happen in The River, good things and bad things, but life always goes on. read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
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The River (1951)

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  • With: Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields, Suprova Mukerjee, Thomas E. Breen, Patricia Walters, Radha, Adrienne Corri, June Hillman (narrator), Nimai Barik, Richard R. Foster, Jane Harris, Jennifer Harris, Trilak Jetley, Bhogwan Singh, Penelope Wilkinson, Cecilia Wood
  • Written by: Jean Renoir, Rumer Godden, based on a novel by Rumer Godden
  • Directed by: Jean Renoir
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/09/1951
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Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman (1997)

I first heard about this film when one of my favorite film critics, J. Hoberman, chose it as one of 1997's ten best films. And now I finally have been able to see it. Chantal Akerman, who died in 2015, made this impressive film for a TV show about "filmmakers of our time." As she explains in the opening part of Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman, she chose a few names of directors, which had already been done. So she half-jokingly named herself, and the producers said "yes." read more...
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    Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman (1997)

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    • With: Chantal Akerman
    • Written by: Chantal Akerman
    • Directed by: Chantal Akerman
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Language: French, with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 64 minutes
    • Release Date: 02/18/1997
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    Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

    Expounding upon their theory of Cinéma vérité, the French philosopher/sociologist Edgar Morin and French filmmaker Jean Rouch made this black-and-white documentary in Paris in the summer of 1960 in an attempt to get at the "truth." read more...
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      Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

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      • With: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
      • Written by: n/a
      • Directed by: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Language: French, with English subtitles
      • Running Time: 85 minutes
      • Release Date: 10/19/1961
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