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Film, Film Feature No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

All That Jazz Bob Fosse has been somewhat forgotten these days, largely because his preferred form, the musical, was already out of favor by the time this film was originally released in 1979. Hopefully, this new restoration of his equally…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Beaches of Agnes</i>

The Beaches of Agnes

The great idiosyncratic original of the French nouvelle vague generation, Agnès Varda began her career as a photographer and, in her use of the medium, remains one at heart. Features and documentaries are equally characterized by a fascination with the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cult Comix

Cult Comix

While some may snicker at “graphic novel” as a term for comic books that take themselves too seriously, the French analogue — bande dessinée (or “drawn strip”)— denotes a medium sophisticated enough to be hailed the ninth art. Embracing the…
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Film, Filmed on the Body 2

Filmed on the Body 2

The Claim (U.S.A., 2000) There's a majesty and a terrible, icy chill to Michael Winterbottom's new film. Winterbottom, the director of the wrenching Jude -- based on Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure -- has shifted the locus of that author's…
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Second Time Around

The Young Girls of Rochefort "Charm" is an overused word, but it can fairly be applied to this beautiful wide-screen musical by the late Jacques Demy, now restored to glory under the direction of his widow Agnes Varda. Already anachronistic…
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