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Rites of Spring

It is so very nice when a movie completely outstrips the expectations conjured by its trailer, as is the case with The Dreamers. At first blush, this tale of three passionate youths caught up in the late-'60s Parisian countercultural revolution…
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Dark Hearts

There is something reptilian about Paul Bowles, the ancient American writer who has now lived for nearly a half-century in Tangier. His fictions turn on chilly, bleak cruelties, and while Bernardo Bertolucci got the horror garishly wrong in his film…
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Sex and Death

In Last Tango in Paris, Marlon Brando seems not to be acting at all. He inhabits his character, Paul -- a middle-aged American living in Paris -- like a hand in a snugly fitted glove, and he moves through the…
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