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Bitter Money Directed by Wang Bing February 23, 6:30pm at Film Comment Selects Dramatizing the plight of the masses is a tough trick. A lack of discernible individuals bores audiences and threatens to turn victims into statistics, but too much focus on individuals means they fail to convincingly and effectively stand for more than themselves. It’s a shame, then, that one of the few directors able to consistently strike the balance is so rarely screened in the...
The King of Comedy (1982) Directed by Martin Scorsese A belated twin to Taxi Driver, and the missing link between The Shining and Larry Sanders. In scouring-brush mustache and a ghastly succession of leisure suits, De Niro’s Rupert Pupkin fixates on—and ultimately kidnaps—a Carson-like TV host played by Jerry Lewis. The comic’s performance is one of masterful and astringent stillness, as precisely controlled as the seemingly spontaneous pratfalls and vocal tics that made his reputation, his...
'Til Madness Do Us Part Directed by Wang Bing June 9-15 at Anthology Film Archives A doorstopper of a documentary that goes inside a rural mental hospital starved for resources, Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing’s ’Til Madness Do Us Part spends nearly all of its 228-minute runtime observing daily activity on the institution’s top floor. In this place—with its bare-walled dorms, regime of white-coat supervision, and prison-like layout—dozens of involuntarily committed men are kept under lock and key....

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