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  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • The Death of Empedocles
  • Blush
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  • Bambi

    ★★★★★

  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

    ★★★★

  • Where Spring Comes Late

    ★★★★

  • Spring

    ★★★★

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  • The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    ★★★★★

    WELCOME TO THE ETHER

    Whenever binocular vision is depicted in cinema as two circles joined in the middle, you are being told an optical lie. The two eyes are but lenses through which the mind sees together but one image. When you look through binoculars, the mind sees not two circles but one.

    And so the circular, telescopic vision of The Forgotten Colours of Dreams produces a forceful distancing effect disembodying the viewer from all the material sense data being…

  • World of Glory

    World of Glory

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k_8e6QIS3o

    This 1991 short cemented Andersson’s conversion away from realism and marked the path to his Living Trilogy. Its Swedish title “Härlig är jorden” comes from a Christian hymn and translates as “Lovely Is the Earth.” Epitomizing the life of a tall, mustachioed, professional-class Swedish man, an estate agent, the film compresses all that needs to be said in 15 brief scenes — carefully composed images statically captured and arranged in a parabolic structure.

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    1) Holocaust truck, the screaming…

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  • Bambi

    Bambi

    ★★★★★

    The story structure of Bambi is built not on dialectical conflict, but by forming cyclical, typological patterns. This is why, beyond the graceful aesthetics, the story possesses a power quite different from movies of the postmodern era. The movie’s shape I would identify as a fivefold chiastic fractal.

    ❀ BAMBI ❀

    1:20 - Genesis
    Creation, overseen by wise old Owl
    . . . Bambi’s birth
    . . . . . . Naming; the Great Prince tops the hierarchy
    . .…

  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

    Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

    This film requires of its viewers some real arduous navigation of relative values in order to see any worth in it, or even to stomach it. I sympathize with nora’s take, which is that she’s “tired of political/experimental/art films exploiting the sexual trauma of female bodies.” There are other objectionable aspects of the film, but she’s referring to the scene where the protagonist’s sister is gang raped by a soccer team in a locker room shower while the protagonist is…

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