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GAVALDÓN — DOUBLE NOIR

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“If Garbo was a woman who became a goddess, Dolores del Río was a goddess who became a woman.” — Carlos Fuentes In LA OTRA/THE OTHER ONE (1946)—directed by Roberto Gavaldón—del Río  plays twin sisters: one “bad,” the other worse. Dead husbands, playboy lovers, mirrors, betrayals, and closets full of couture all play their part in this Mexican […]

RAÚL RUIZ AND ÁLVARO CEPEDA SAMUDIO

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Join Colombian curator Marta Lucia Velez for a special evening of short films by Raúl Ruiz, Álvaro Cepeda Samudio (with Enrique Grau Araújo, Luis Vicens, and Gabriel García Márquez), and Horacio Coppola (with Walter Auerbach)—all influenced by Surrealism—at REDCAT this weekend. LA LANGOSTA AZUL/THE BLUE LOBSTER, 1954, directed by Cepeda Samudio, Grau Araújo, Vicens, and García Márquez. LA MALETA/THE […]

THE DARDENNES’ UNKNOWN GIRL

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The stalwart formula of Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—the corrosive effects of capitalism on mostly working-class families in and around Liège—has drawn enthusiastic audiences around the world for over thirty years. Their new feature, UNE FILLE INCONNUE/THE UNKNOWN GIRL, takes a particularly hard look at the socio-economic triggers of male depredation. Dardenne regulars Jérémie Renier and […]

LA NOTTE AT THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM

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Through the end of the 1950s, the bourgeois protagonists of Michelangelo Antonioni’s films actively engaged their surroundings and maintained some sense of control. Everything changed in 1960. The surroundings became monolithic and oppressive, and the world took notice as the great modernist director—in a series of films featuring Monica Vitti—cast an excoriating eye on the […]

STORMY WEATHER

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The magnitude of talent on display in STORMY WEATHER (1943, directed by Andrew L. Stone) is such that it might be possible to overlook—for the 78-minute running time of the film—the cringe-making hoops Hollywood put black stars through during its so-called “Golden Age.” (See Spike Lee’s explosive satire Bamboozled, from 2000.) Ostensibly a breezy, fictionalized biopic […]

AGNÈS VARDA IN CALIFORNIA AND TORONTO

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Agnès Varda’s film LIONS LOVE (… AND LIES)—shot in 1968 in the days preceding and following the shootings of Andy Warhol (who survived) and Bobby Kennedy (who didn’t)—is a story of Eden-under-siege among a trio of Hollywood Hills freedom-seekers, remarkably played by Warhol superstar Viva, and James Rado and Gerome Ragni (the lyricists of Hair). “[Varda’s] […]

YOUNG BASQUIAT

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Sara Driver premieres her new film, BOOM FOR REAL—THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, in Toronto this week. Driver is the director You Are Not I (based on a story by Paul Bowles), Sleepwalk, and When Pigs Fly. She was an actor in the early films of Jim Jarmusch, who appears in the Basquiat documentary—along […]