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with Phil Coldiron

If one needed a reminder of cinema’s youth as an artistic medium, the dearth of serious attention yet paid to stereoscopic filmmaking would suffice. Happily, the young filmmaker Blake Williams, Texas born and Toronto based, has given his considerable energies (he also works as a critic and academic) to shaping a coherent history of what has so far been achieved in stereoscopy, and, more importantly, pointing toward what work remains to be done.

Under the Paving Stones, the Sewers! “For Another ’68” at Cinéma du Réel

As inexorable as the executioner’s axe comes the 50th anniversary of ’68, the most innocuous of “revolutionary” commemorations, which Cinéma du Réel wisely decided to celebrate against the grain.

The Sacred Wood: Nathaniel Dorsky's Arboretum Cycle

Strange as it sounds, I sometimes think that Nathaniel Dorsky’s films are never clearer than when they slide out of focus. Dorsky often remarks that his films work best when the viewer isn’t trying to understand them, but these shots make sure of that.

The End of the Affair: On Hong Sangsoo’s The Day After

Hong Sang-soo’s The Day After begins with a man raiding his fridge at 4:30 in the morning. As introductory gestures go, it would be easy to mistake Bongwan (Kwon Hae-hyo, a Hong regular) for a man looking to kick-start his day, an “early to bed, early to rise” type. But, as it turns out, the not-so-responsible Bongwan is simply trying to avoid his wife (Cho Yunhee), the woman with a spot-on hunch her husband is having an affair.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2018

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