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Days

After being told that the film is “intentionally unsubtitled,” the first thing available to a viewer’s senses of Days is a sound, and at that a sound often heard in the work of Tsai Ming-liang: the patter of falling rain. But then a shot completes it: it’s of Kang (Lee Kang-sheng), sitting in his home, […]

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Stray

One of the least helpful remarks made by critics about documentaries is also one of the most frequent: it’s a variation on the idea that being aware of the camera’s presence changes the behaviour of the person it’s capturing—“but they wouldn’t act like that if the camera wasn’t present!” The impact of surveillance on this […]

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Streaming Recommendations: October 2020

MUBI: —Bird Island (Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa, 2019) —India Song (Marguerite Duras, 1975) —Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016) —The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher, 2014) —Brigitte (Lynne Ramsay, 2019) BFI PLAYER: —Rocco and his Brothers (Luchino Visconti, 1960) —Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1984) —Varda by Agnès (Agnès Varda, 2019) —Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008) —Day […]

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New-to-me Favourites: September 2020

Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2010) L’innocente (Vischino Visconti, 1976) Court (Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014) Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945)