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Calendar, Night&Day Family Plots

Family Plots

In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of infantile antics and empty explosions. A director of exquisitely elemental films — dismissed as “too Japanese” by some critics,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Father-Daughter Dance

Father-Daughter Dance

Recent American films about families, like Rachel Getting Married, all too often pierce eardrums with shrieks of dysfunction. Amid the din, French filmmaker Claire Denis’s sublime 35 Shots of Rum stands out all the more for its soothing quiet, conveying…
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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 event.…
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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 event.…
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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, 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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Calendar, See/Be Seen Cinematic Treasure

Cinematic Treasure

FRI 11/14 Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 Tokyo Story appears faithfully on critics' "10 Best Movies Ever" lists, but just try to find someone who remembers a scene from it -- or any other Ozu film. Given the director's reputation…
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Culture, Stage Borrowed Thunder

Borrowed Thunder

Floating Weeds is the title of a new play by Philip Kan Gotanda about a shiftless group of people in San Francisco. It's also the title of Yasujiro Ozu's 1959 film about a traveling theater troupe in a Japanese fishing…
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Film, The Riddle  of Japan

The Riddle of Japan

The Fourth Dimension, Trinh T. Minh-ha's new video essay built out of footage shot in Japan, resembles -- despite a good deal of chin-pulling philosophizing about time, space, and "the ever-increased speed of programmed agency" -- two other filmed essays…
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Second Time Around

Equinox Flower This 1958 Japanese film was Yasujiro Ozu's first in color, a form he had rejected a dozen years earlier as "all right once in a while, but if you see it all the time ... you get fed…
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Zoom Lens

"Shohei Imamura's Japan" No Babe this -- Shohei Imamura, director of the most bizarre film you've ever seen about pork on the hoof, wanted really fat pigs to run wild in the streets in the madcap finale of his Pigs…
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