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Going Green DREAM on: The interesting and informative article "Army of Uno" , written by Mary Spicuzza, discusses the ways in which the U.S. military promises U.S. citizenship to recruit young green-card-holders. While it mentions that there are paths…
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Letters to the Editor

Boiling Mad True to his school: I recently graduated from CCA, and although I'll agree that they do turn out paper chefs — people who can't cook but received a degree — I was never told I would walk out…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film

Capsule reviews of current film releases appear below. They are penned by Michael Atkinson, Bill Gallo, Jordan Harper, Melissa Levine, Jean Oppenheimer, Luke Y. Thompson, and Robert Wilonsky. The print listings below rotate regularly, as space allows. Commentary by Gregg…
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News, Feature SFIFF Film Capsules

SFIFF Film Capsules

All About Love (Hong Kong, 2005) Fans of Hong Kong megastar Andy Lau can weep hot tears and swoon to their hearts' delight in this magic-filled fantasy of the ideal husband. Lau plays dual roles as an ambitious doctor and…
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Film, Film Capsule Reviews

Film Capsule Reviews

Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (India, 2003) Initially spurned by two young medical-student buddies as a bride, the lovely Binodini (Aishwarya Rai in a remarkable performance) marries another and is widowed within the year. Now begins the traditional ordeal of…
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Film, Funny Business

Funny Business

B-Happy (Chile/Spain/Venezuela, 2003) This sad film about a teenage girl in rural Chile who encounters a stream of unearned bad luck is buoyed by an effective nonperformance by Manuela Martelli in the lead role of Katty. As in many post-neorealist…
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Film, Film Capsule Reviews

Film Capsule Reviews

Back to Kotelnich (France, 2003) French writer Emmanuel Carrère, in Russia to cover the release of a Hungarian prisoner of war forgotten in an asylum for 50 years, met and befriended a couple in a bar. He returned after a…
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Film, Real to Reel

Real to Reel

Bus 174 (Brazil, 2002) This documentary of a Rio de Janeiro bus hijacking and its back story exposes a stinging irony: the ubiquity of real-time and retrospective media attention lavished on its central figure, who on that day waged the…
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Film, Film Capsule Reviews

Film Capsule Reviews

All Hell Let Loose (Sweden, 2002) In this prickly domestic drama that veers wildly between inspiration and cliché, the internal tensions of an Iranian family living in Stockholm are thrown into sharp relief when the prodigal daughter returns from America…
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Film, United Nations

United Nations

While whole regions of the world seem to be splitting apart, San Francisco comes together these next two weeks under the auspices of art. This year's International Film Festival tries as ever to unify the universe of film, and in…
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Film,

Second Time Around

Eternal Youth Many of Orson Welles' films tackle such Big Themes as the Nature of Truth (Citizen Kane) or the Corruption of Justice (Touch of Evil). The delightful half-hour film The Fountain of Youth -- filmed as a TV pilot…
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Zoom Lens

Swing, Sway, and Sing Jacques Rivette, the quietest and least-known of the original French New Wave cineastes, creates in this 1995 film a charming advance on his substantial earlier work. Now in his early 70s, Rivette is best-known for the…
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S.F. International Film Festival

The 42nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival runs over 15 days and presents over 100 movies. It's the biggest annual celebration of cinema in this city -- which is saying a lot, given that we seem to have a…
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Second Time Around

The Quantifiable Unknown of Gary Kibbins Filmmaker Gary Kibbins is interested in the workings of logic and illogic, and the three Kibbins films on view this Wednesday at the Pacific Film Archive probe the political aspects of the same. Kibbins'…
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Second Time Around

Revelatory Reality Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, a 1969 film by Ken Jacobs, begins by presenting the entire eight-shot, 10-minute 1905 short film Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, and then rephotographs it in detail for 90 minutes more. Segments of…
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Second Time Around

Primal Screen When, in the opening of the 1971 western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, a lone horseman wades through snowdrifts to arrive in a small town consisting of a few shacks full of hostile and suspicious people, Robert Altman is…
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Second Time Around

The Big City In the exhilarating opening scenes of this edgy 1966 film by Brazil's Carlos Diegues, a young woman (Anecy Rocha) arrives in Rio de Janeiro from the provinces and is taken in tow by a madcap impresario, Calunga,…
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Second Time Around

The Adventures of Prince Achmed Eighty minutes or so of pure viewing pleasure await filmgoers adventurous enough to attend a silent animated film done entirely in cutout silhouettes. Beautifully designed and shot by pioneer animator Lotte Reiniger, The Adventures of…
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Second Time Around

Free Tibet Sarah Pirozek's rockumentary record of a 1996 benefit concert in Golden Gate Park is half musical event, half argument against the Chinese suppression of Tibet as made by monks, crusaders, and (alas) guest rock stars. The disjunction between…
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Second Time Around

The Sources of Pi Darren Aronofsky's clever film won immediate cult support when it opened earlier this year, and as Pi (or 3.14, to use its proper title) reaches repertory theaters and passes to video, no doubt its reputation will…
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