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Festival Harvest The Weekly's critics look at Mill Valley Film Festival highlights September 30, 1998

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Calendar, Night&Day Quick Draws

Quick Draws

The revolutionary Underground Comix artists of the 1960s and '70s forged a free-expression zone where radical politics, drugs, violence, and especially sex -- the more salacious the better -- were fair game. Inspired by the irreverence of Mad magazine, the…
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Film, Set the Alarm

Set the Alarm

There is a downside to having a family trade, especially when that trade is murder for hire. "What do you do for a living?" becomes a loaded question, the answer a conversation stopper. Then there are the hidden responsibilities: While…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Great Haul of China

The Great Haul of China

A tangible benefit of the thaw in Sino-American relations is "The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology," an extraordinary show that arrives in the U.S. after seven years of intense diplomatic negotiations. It spans 6,000 years of history and is the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hung Jury

Hung Jury

Walker Evans is arguably the greatest photographer America has ever produced. His deceptively simple black-and-white images of poverty, weary Southern sharecroppers, and deserted towns shaped our perception of the Depression, ushered in an era of unadorned documentary photojournalism, and influenced…
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Film, Lusty Ladies

Lusty Ladies

Sometimes you just can't get no respect. But desire for respect (and workers' rights) was just what drove a group of dancers at the Lusty Lady peep show in San Francisco to unionize. Though disdained by feminists and union organizations,…
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Film, Vive La France!

Vive La France!

If the selection of films at this year's festival is any indication, French cinema is as vital, sophisticated, and quirky as ever. In terms of subject matter and style, these films run the gamut from lightweight trifles to intense explorations…
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Film, Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

Noises OffIf you've grown weary of having your senses blasted by special effects and Dolby digital, Alloy Orchestra offers a refresher course in the purity of sound and image. In the last decade, the three-man, post-rock, post-industrial percussion ensemble has…
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News, Bay View We Used to Be in Pictures

We Used to Be in Pictures

Debbie Brubaker, a line producer for film and video, has worked in the Bay Area's film production industry for the last 15 years, but this has been a tough year for her: In 1998 she worked on three feature films.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Double Takes

Double Takes

The ambitious 364-piece exhibit "Degas to Picasso: Painters, Sculptors, and the Camera" assesses the impact of photography on the work of late-19th-century European artists, ranging from Picasso, Munch, and Gauguin to Franz von Stuck, Alphonse Mucha, Moreau, and Brancusi. Although…
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Her Brilliant Career

Australian director Gillian Armstrong was making films with independent, tough-minded female leads before the "scarcity of women directors" became a subject for festival seminars. In the mid-'70s, Armstrong was a select member of the inaugural class at the National Film…
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Wired for Sound

Wired for SoundSound designers lament that, often, sound in a film is an afterthought. As a result, those who practice the craft of sound design find themselves in the shadow of those showy visual-effects guys, who get all the press…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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