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The Eyes of Another: “Tokyo Stories” at the Japan Society

Inked in 1951, the Treaty of San Francisco specified the compensations and conditions Japan had to comply with following its defeat in World War II, essentially marking the nation’s first steps toward regaining sovereignty, but it also affected the cultural landscape of the country.

In Conversation


Toronto-based director Kazik Radwanski’s third feature had a considerable gestation period. The project emerged from lead Deragh Campbell’s cameo in How Heavy This Hammer (2015), and gradually expanded this condensed moment into Campbell’s finely calibrated, profoundly committed performance in this year’s Anne at 13,000 ft.

Replete and Incomplete Portraits: Documentaries at TIFF 2019

As the cinema lights come up after Cunningham, Alla Kovgan’s dazzling 3D documentary about 20th-century American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, the audience makes a trilling noise—it’s the rare sound of strangers noting shared delight. This is only the third day of the Toronto International Film Festival and while audience members remove their 3D glasses and decide whether to settle in for the Q&A, I wonder whether it’s too soon to consider Cunningham a festival highlight.

Notes on Berwick: “Why this passion for pictures, why this passion for darkness?”

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a visual heaven. Nestled down the railway from Edinburgh on the coast of Northumbria, this border town has changed allegiances between Scotland and England many times.

Please Glauber Don’t Hurt ’Em: Glauber Rocha’s On Cinema

One of many sad questions following the implosion of New Yorker Films was that of their impressive (and consistently cultivated) catalog of works from Brazil, including masterpieces by Cinema Novo auteurs such as Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Carlos Diegues and, most famous of all, Glauber Rocha.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2019

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