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In 'Songs From the North' and 'Durak,' Community Goes to Extremes

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 22, 2014 2:00 PM
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From the enforced unity of North Korea to the crumbling world of the former Soviet Union.

From 'Modern Times' to 'The Iron Ministry': Learning to Love the Machine

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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Charlie Chaplin bemoaned humanity ground down inside the machine, but on China's railways, we're just along for the ride.

'The Iron Ministry' and 'Horse Money': Of Non-Places and Men

  • By Michael Guarneri
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  • August 21, 2014 2:53 PM
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New movies from Pedro Costa and J.P. Sniadecki find themselves everywhere and nowhere.

Found Footage Films Use Cinema's History to Uncover Its Future

  • By Julian Ross
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  • August 20, 2014 1:00 PM
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Movies like "Songs From the North" and "The Tony Longo Trilogy" create new images without shooting a frame.

How Italy's Oldest Film Company Helped Redefine Women's Roles

  • By Mallory Andrews
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  • August 20, 2014 12:00 PM
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Italy’s oldest production company, Titanus, gets a comprehensive retrospective at Locarno.

Is It Time to Let Go of the French New Wave?

  • By Pascaline Sordet
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  • August 20, 2014 11:00 AM
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As the Nouvelle Vague tag has grown to encompass filmmakers who weren't originally part of it, does it stop us from seeing their new films on their own terms?

In the Balkans, Female Filmmakers Are Finally Finding a Voice

  • By Tina Poglajen
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  • August 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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The stories most appealing to foreign audiences are the alternatives to the perceived nationalism and sexism of cinema in the former Yugoslav countries.

'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'Cure: The Life of Another' Reveal Where the Bechdel Test Comes Up Short

  • By Mallory Andrews
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  • August 19, 2014 11:40 AM
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Both movies easily get a passing grade from the famed feminist metric, but only one features meaningful interaction between women.

How Japanese Movies Deal, and Don't, With the Legacy of Kamikaze Pilots

  • By Julian Ross
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  • August 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, Japan and its artists are still struggling to come to terms with it.

Japanese Zombies and Korean Factory Workers: Will the Asian Working Class Go to Heaven?

  • By Michael Guarneri
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  • August 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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New movies from the Locarno Film Festival show an Asian working class alienated from the fruits of their labor — and, in one case, from being alive.