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Paterson

While the rhetoric of politicians may change, we are still living in an age of austerity. “Austerity” was the word used to convince the poor that they needed to pay for the recklessness of the rich, but the concept of austerity...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Indochine

Way back in 1975, the Nigerian novelist and critic Chinua Achebe described Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as an offensive and deplorable book that de-humanised African people  by reducing them to little more than set-dressin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Chevalier

Few European directors are as deserving of your time as Athina Rachel Tsangari. Born in 1966, Tsangari’s filmmaking career began after leaving her native Greece to attend film school at the University of Texas at Austin. It was...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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La Grande Vadrouille

Cultural identity is a funny old thing…  Ask your average British or American cinema-goer what kind of films they associate with France and you will likely receive a description of either the hyper-stylish films of the French N...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Nostalgia

One of the more depressing developments in the market for art house film has been the tendency to collapse the market for world cinema into one large amalgamated market for art house film. What this means in practice is that on...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Flower of my Secret

Work your way through the six films included in the excellent Almodóvar Collection and you will begin to notice certain recurring motifs. Aside from Pedro Almodóvar’s fondness for transgressive imagery and his widely-celebrated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Kika

Back when distribution companies first began releasing and re-packaging the collected works of particular directors, eccentricities of choice could easily be explained away in terms of problems securing rights to well-known fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

While Law of Desire may have been the film that brought Pedro Almodóvar to a global audience, it was Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown that cemented his reputation as one of the great European filmmakers. Unlike Law of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Law of Desire

As part of the Almodóvar Collection re-release, this version of Law of Desire comes with an excellent introduction by the academic Jose Arroyo. According to Arroyo, Almodóvar’s fifth film was a breakthrough on a number of diffe...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Fascism appears to have had a rather complicated influence on the development of Spanish cinema. When the dust finally settled on the Spanish civil war and cultural elites began surveying the damage, they realised that nearly a...