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Private Property (1960) Directed by Leslie Stevens Leslie Stevens’s rediscovered rough diamond Private Property, shot over five days for $59,000, marks a hinge point in American film. It harks back to the noirs of the 1950s and looks forward to the more winking and psychologically probing crime films of the 1970s and 1980s broadly informed by Hitchcock, to whom Stevens pays tribute with an arch one-liner. In the predatory Southern California drifters Duke and Boots—Corey Allen...
Sweet Bean Directed by Naomi Kawase Opens March 18 at Lincoln Plaza At Cannes, a festival not known for its friendliness towards female directors, four of Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase’s eight films have played in competition and two have won awards. Oddly, her work has rarely screened in the US, even on the festival circuit, until now. (Her debut film, Suzaku, went straight from winning the Camera D’Or at Cannes to a one-night engagement at Anthology Film...

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