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Film, "Beasts of the Southern Wild": A Child Endures

"Beasts of the Southern Wild": A Child Endures

A zealous gumbo of regionalism, magical realism, post-Katrina allegory, myth, and ecological parable, Beasts of the Southern Wild, the southern Louisiana-set debut feature of 29-year-old Benh Zeitlin, rests, often cloyingly, on the tiny shoulders of Quvenzhané Wallis. Her character, Hushpuppy,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Legendary Silence

Legendary Silence

Contemporary moviegoers often view the silent era as a kind of crude training ground deservedly relegated to the attic (with great-grandmother’s scrapbooks) by the advent of talking pictures. The demonstrated cure for those ill-informed prejudices isn’t a paragraph of perfumed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Silent Is Golden

Silent Is Golden

San Francisco's enterprising Silent Film Festival marks its first decade this weekend with a solid three days of both rare and beloved nonspeaking cinema. One hesitates to say "silent," as every entry features a live musical performance -- organ or…
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