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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. Paraguay Remembered In 1968, French filmmaker Dominique Dubosc began his career making 16mm documentaries about peasant family life in Paraguay. The country was over a decade into Stroessner’s violent rule, achieved by a coup, that lasted well into the late 80s. Forty years later, he was...
Blue Velvet (1986) Directed by David Lynch In the autumn and winter of 2014-15, an exhibition of David Lynch’s early pieces, The Unified Field, was on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Lynch spent several years studying here, creating a body of work with a je ne sais quoi only identifiable as his own. The exhibit featured sculpture, painting, and short films, all of which explored the same paradigms...
The New World (2005) Directed by Terrence Malick There are three cuts of The New World and not one other Malick film has any variation the famously reclusive artist needed us to see. This was the work he'd been waiting to paint his whole life, the one he needed to make sure his audience understood the purpose of. Taking inspiration from Wagner and Rembrandt, Malick dreams up cinema's truest understanding of the discovery of promise...
Where Eagles Dare (1968) Directed by Brian G. Hutton Written by Alistair MacLean in six weeks because Richard Burton wanted an actioner in which his character doesn’t die, the screenplay is no literary masterpiece, but Hutton’s (Kelley’s Heroes) film is a marvel of semi-dopey violent excitement. Set in the frigid Bavarian Alps in 1943, the film is largely explosions, the planting of explosives, cable car derring-do, triple crossings and British Major Burton barking orders at Clint...

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