Chungking Express

The camera moves and swirls like a vessel of fate itself. It watches over, takes part in, mourns with, and celebrates.…

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The Graduate

Advertisements The Graduate opens with a party. But instead of a joyous celebration, we find a nervous, claustrophobic Ben (Dustin Hoffman), lost in a sea of his parents’ friends. He’s ambushed; hands reach from out of frame to pull and push and…

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Advertisements If you read my Meet the Staff piece, you saw La La Land atop my (arbitrary) list of favorite films. Director Damien Chazelle cites The Umbrellas of Cherbourg as one of the greatest influences on his film, which was how I was exposed to Jacques…

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Persona

Advertisements Opening with a haunting and bewildering series of disturbing and explicit images, which go unexplained, Ingmar Bergman’s Persona is brilliantly intense. Renowned as one of the most well-edited sequences in film, it appears to be a psychoanalysis of a woman’s mind.…

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