World cinema

Ashes and Diamonds – DVD | Blu-Ray Review

Ashes and Diamonds – DVD | Blu-Ray Review

Bitter-sweet can't have come near to describing the experience of living through VE Day.  Nazism had finally been vanquished, but much of the continent lay in ruins. This bewildering day makes an ideal backdrop for Ashes and Diamonds, a complex film about the aftermath of the Second World War. While in...

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Attenberg – Review

Attenberg – Review

It may be set on the Greek coast, but Attenberg is not set in the sort of place that many visitors to the country are familiar with. For starters the sky hardly seems to be blue, there's not a classical ruin or beach in sight, and there aren't even any rioters. The film starts with out herione, Marina...

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Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil and La jetée

Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil and La jetée

Sans Soleil (or Sunless, although no one seems to use its English title) might leave you with feeling that there's quite a bit you didn't understand, or at least, there is still more to be understood. The film is reckoned to be a key 'film essay', and it is jammed full with an enormous number of ideas and...

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The Salt of Life – Review

The Salt of Life – Review

The Salt of Life was released in Italy as Gianni e le Donne, which translates as 'Gianni and Women'. The less allusive Italian title gives a clearer idea of the film: middle aged Gianni and his women troubles, which aren't of the usual 'ladies man' variety. This gentle-but-with-a-bite comedy is set in the...

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The Garden of the Finzi Continis DVD review

The Garden of the Finzi Continis DVD review

A crowd of young people in tennis whites and bright hopeful smiles cycle up the long drive towards a tennis court in the shadow of a large Italian mansion. The sun shines, the garden and its occupants are beautiful, every one is in a good mood. The situation cannot last. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)...

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Night and Fog – DVD Review

Night and Fog – DVD Review

The Nazis called their policy of ‘disappearing' political opponents during the Second World War ‘Night and Fog’. These men and women were not given a trial, but simply vanished into 'the night and the fog'. The term is also an apt title for a film about the holocaust. When trying to understand these...

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Hiroshima Mon Amour – DVD Review

Hiroshima Mon Amour – DVD Review

The nuclear explosion at Hiroshima is a tragedy so awful that it is difficult to adequately address in film. Alain Resnais, the director of Hiroshima Mon Amour took an oblique approach. In doing so, he made film history.   Resnais was originally commissioned to make a documentary about...

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Il Generale della Rovere – DVD Review

Il Generale della Rovere – DVD Review

"Despite everything, I like you." The likeable man in question is Victorio Bardone, a two-bit crook offering false hope to desperate people in wartime Rome. He is played with expert handling by Vittorio De Sica, who both acted in and directed important Italian Neo-Realist films. The film, Il Generale della Rovere...

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A Separation – Review

A Separation – Review

Iranian cinema is critically acclaimed across the world, and A Separation is the latest movie from that country to get lots of positive press. The film has already scooped up awards at film festivals (the Golden Bear at Berlin & Best Movie in Sydney) and is already being tipped for entry into the fray for the...

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Andrei Tarkovsky DVD Box Set

Andrei Tarkovsky DVD Box Set

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky only made seven feature films before cancer cut his life short at the age of 54 in 1986, but those seven are sometimes heralded as among the best ever made. As of today we can buy all seven in a box set. Finally. The release of this box set has coincided with a media...

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