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Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang Directed by Walter Salles May 27-June 2 at Anthology Film Archives Reviewing Mountains May Depart for this publication a few months ago, Nicolas Rapold began by noting that Jia Zhangke’s filmography is inextricably bound up in the sheer “scale of social and economic upheaval” in modern-day China. That Jia’s life story is also itself an at once profound and clipped-from-the-headlines-familiar story of a self-contained individual borne through almost unimaginable geographical,...
The Fallen Idol (1948) Directed by Carol Reed The Fallen Idol is the offspring of that exotic animal: a happy writer/director partnership. Graham Greene reworked his 1936 short story “The Basement Room” into a screenplay (with some additional dialogue by Lesley Storm and William Templeton); the following year, Greene & Reed would go on to make The Third Man. Cinematographer Georges Périnal is responsible for all those shots of a little blonde boy careening up,...

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