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    Tango Director Carlos Saura approaches movement with a painterly eye, composing breathtaking scenes that fix themselves like still lifes on the viewer's retina. His flamenco movies (the Carmen, Blood Wedding, and Love the Magician trilogy especially) were dramatic, passionate pictures,…
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    The Decline of Western Civilization Part III The first Decline of Western Civilization, filmed by Penelope Spheeris in 1979, spotlighted a thriving L.A. punk scene that blasted out of the box with bands like X, the Germs, and the Circle…
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    I Went Down Paddy Breathnach's gangster comedy is Ireland's answer to Pulp Fiction, only with less gore, more heart, and bigger laughs. Young Git Hynes (Peter McDonald) "went down" to jail for a crime he didn't commit, and lost his…
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    The Gay '90s

    The Brandon Teena Story Falls River, Neb., is introduced by a roadway sign drenched in irony: "Good People, Churches, Schools." None of these supposedly civilizing influences could save the subject of Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir's wrenching 1997 documentary. Brandon…
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    Week 2 of the 41st S.F. International Film Festival

    Animated by Dr. Freud (Various) Jim Trainor's peculiar The Fetishist is clearly the centerpiece of this program of animation for grown-ups, devoting 38 minutes to its deadpan tale of a deeply disturbed adolescent, drawn from an actual 1947 case study.…
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    Love! Valour! Queer Cinema!

    ALIVE AND KICKING Britain's Channel 4 excels at engaging, literate gay dramas, and in this case also manages to avoid the maudlin air of most "AIDS movies." Tonio (Jason Flemyng from Hollow Reed), an ego-driven gay dancer, fights and…
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    The S.F. International Film Fest, Week 2

    * Indicates films recommended by our reviewers. The Age of Possibilities (France, 1996) * Unsettled young Americans may find consolation in Pascale Ferran's amusing study of their French counterparts facing the agonies of fleeting love and underemployment, the uncertainty of…
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    Elementary, My Dear Children

    When filmmaker Debra Chasnoff takes a phone call on a recent morning, she sounds harried. "There's a glitch in the master," she explains, referring to her new film, It's Elementary. "We're trying to do the tape-to-film transfer, and the engineer…
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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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