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On The Silver Globe (1988) Directed by Andrzej Żuławski To describe a Żuławski film with words—“guttural,” “primitive,” “extreme” come to mind— is to undermine the actual experience.  Buffeted by tidal waves of verbosity, an invasive, always-moving camera eye captures actors driven to maniacal states often bordering acute pleasure and pain, radical ecstasy. His films are a cinematic other, almost unbearable yet impossible to ignore, and certainly his own. On the Silver Globe, his fractured sci-fi...
Wings of Desire (1987) Directed by Wim Wenders In bisected Berlin, curious, ponytailed angels intimately listen to the thoughts, dreams, and desires of every passersby. This is the pneumatic and expressive diegesis of Wim Wenders’s film; we follow these angels as they watch over every aspect of the city, neither in heaven or hell, but a sort of modernist purgatory. When one of the angels becomes enraptured by a lonely, alluring trapeze artist, he must decide...

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