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  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★

    Very good, but utterly horrible. The last twenty seconds or so are alarmingly disturbing.

  • Terrorizers

    Terrorizers

    ★★★★½

    A weird story with stand-offish characters. But let’s not mess about: Edward Yang is one of the finest directors and cinematographers in recent history. His use of light is second to none. The movements of curtains, pieces of paper, hair reflect distant winds which viewers can almost feel on their own faces. He can be intensely minimalist: take in this film a scene in a hotel room where a complex, enthralling story is told in about six shots. This is visual art at its finest.

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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    Pretty much the definitive masterpiece of the silent era (though not my personal favourite silent movie). This is a story told by faces: no other film I know of has managed to do this so effectively. The effect, combined with some of the best lighting in the history of the medium, is a film that looks like a series of Renaissance Old Master paintings. The creases of the old men's faces, their laughter, the relentlessness of Jeanne's tears, tell the…

  • The Passenger

    The Passenger

    ★★★★★

    Very good indeed and without doubt my favourite Antonioni. Will require much rewatching to unstich its elegant philosophising about floating through life, taking chances, and what we mean to others. The photography and acting are uniformally outstanding, but the best part is just the simplicity of the story, which besides its delicate philosophy creates a superb slow-burn thriller. The film now feels oddly historic, as its plot would be impossible with modern technology, but this adds to the feeling of…