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Calendar, Night&Day Revenge Is a Tapas Best Served Cold

Revenge Is a Tapas Best Served Cold

Hypocrites stalk the land with impunity, stuffing their faces and pockets while lecturing us proles on the need for self-sacrifice. Lord, we miss the Spanish surrealist and social critic Luis Buñuel, a brave and brilliant filmmaker who spent his career…
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Calendar, Night&Day When Movies Mattered

When Movies Mattered

Left coasters may not pay much attention to the New York film scene, but the Apple’s exhibitors, curators, festivals, and critics set the agenda for the entire country. The great majority of non-Hollywood cinema -- art films, foreign films, retrospectives,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Maid</i>

The Maid

For more than 20 years, Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) has worked as the hired help for an upper-class Santiago family, whom she has served with the dedication of a novitiate. But as Raquel celebrates her 41st birthday, her labors have taken…
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Film, <i>Thirst</i>: A vampire movie worthy of <i>The Hunger</i>

Thirst: A vampire movie worthy of The Hunger

Finally, there's a vampire movie worthy of the title The Hunger — even if it arrives under the more potable name Thirst. Carnal appetite, not a parched palate, is the accelerant that fuels this perverse, prankish, and merrily anti-clerical exercise…
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News, Feature Plugging In

Plugging In

Since "new media" is associated with the overhyped dot-com boom and bust, the new favored buzzwords are "emergent uses of media technologies," "new platforms," and the ever-popular "digital revolution." Forget the gear; what's noteworthy is the burst of experimental work…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Surreal World

Surreal World

WED 5/12 Salvador Dali was an archetypal bad boy. He was kicked out of art school, disowned by his parents, and, most important, often found in the company of other misunderstood intellectuals like poet Federico García Lorca, filmmaker Luis Buñuel,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bravo, Bu&ntilde;uel

Bravo, Buñuel

"Thank God I'm an atheist," director Luis Buñuel famously cracked. One of the founders of surrealist cinema, he was, along with Salvador Dali, responsible for films that caused riots, got banned, and still stand today as sharp criticisms of complacency.…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reel World

Land Without Bread

Land Without Bread He's a poet, a puppeteer, and a provocateur. Fernando Birri, a venerated Argentine documentary and experimental filmmaker, will be saluted next month with the S.F. International Film Festival's Golden Gate Persistence of Vision lifetime achievement award. Birri's…
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