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FRANCIS BACON AND HENRY MOORE ABSORBING TERROR

Two British artists, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, thriving within the mid-century avant-garde, have been linked in an exhibition (2014) organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ashmolean Museum of London. Bacon’s bona fides as a loyalist of … Continue reading

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SHEILA AND NICHOLAS PYE: SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND THEN SOME

Sheila and Nicholas Pye are an art partnership like none other. Married to each other, until a few years ago, they continue to produce videos and photographs that depict difficulties of love. But here we should drop all vestiges of … Continue reading

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A REAL DEAL THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT : KIM NGUYEN’S WAR WITCH

In 2011, Montreal filmmaker, Kim Nguyen, traveled to the Democratic Congo Republic to film his scenario/screenplay, War Witch. In 2012, it garnered Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Picture and Best … Continue reading

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YANG FUDONG’S NEW WOMEN: COMMUNING WITH NEW FILMMAKING

Amidst all the buzz of anticipation about the Toronto Film Festival in September, something very quiet and very engaging has settled into the exhibition space at TIFF. Chinese visual artist and filmmaker, Yang Fudong, was commissioned by TIFF to develop … Continue reading

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LOLA, AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL IN A NEW-FASHIONED FILM

Today we’re looking at a movie more than fifty years old, and as fresh as the day it was introduced in 1961. The fact that it has vanished from view as far as the world at large is concerned, lends … Continue reading

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JACKIE BROWN—TAKE ANOTHER LOOK!

Generally regarded as Quentin Tarantino’s gift to the ladies, Jackie Brown has been pegged as his lightest film.

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HOME ON THE FREEWAY: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI’S LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Shown here is one aspect of Tokyo today, the one, as it happens, which exiled Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, takes a remarkably close look at in his recent film, Like Someone in Love (2012). The Bar Rizzo is headquarters for … Continue reading

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JEAN COCTEAU: AN ARTIST NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

During the German Occupation of Paris, Jean Cocteau, assisted by his friend, Jean Marais, shook off a decade-long oblivion due to opium addiction, and wrote the script for Robert Bresson’s film, Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1944/1945).

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A RANGE OF VIOLENCE

The recent catastrophe in Connecticut has driven all thoughtful people to reconsider the issue of violence. 

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A NOTABLE FILM FROM 2012

We’re going to look at several of the movies produced in the past year, with a view to what they tell us about where we are and where we’re going. Not long ago we touched upon Holy Motors, divulging very … Continue reading

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