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by Greg Cwik Film Retrospective

Purple Butterfly | Lou Ye

May 14, 2019

Purple Butterfly is a film of dreamy realism, sometimes insoluble and suffused with a haze that is, at once, sepulchral yet sultry — a film about war and love, and the pain of both. It takes place in a constantly raining, Japanese-occupied Shanghai. (Critics compare the film to Wong Kar-wai, whose In the Mood for Love spawned innumerable progeny in the 2000s, and, while Lou obviously has different political and narrative sensibilities, his sumptuous conjuring of a bygone epoch is certainly redolent…

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by Daniel Gorman Retrospective

Ten | Abbas Kiarostami

In an interview with Jonathan Rosenbaum and Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, Abbas Kiarostami recited a verse from the poet Rumi: “You are my polo ball, running before the stick of my command. I am always running after you, though it is I who make you move.”…

September 25, 2011
by Kenji Fujishima Retrospective

Five Dedicated to Ozu | Abbas Kiarostami

Even in his earlier, more relatively conventional films, Abbas Kiarostami always maintained an eye for radical formal experimentation. Close Up, for instance, is as much a meditation on the possibilities of fiction in capturing reality as it is a moving docudrama about an ordinary…

September 25, 2011
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