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2010 at the Arthouse: White Material and The Illusionist

White Material

A white woman and a black nation are the subjects of Claire Denis’ exotic, lush White Material, a sort of harrowing The Tree of Life with meditation on the nature of god replaced with a careful deliberation on colonial identity. 1,323 more words


Fishing for Goldfish (1895)

This is another of the films shown by the Lumière brothers at their first screening of movies in December, 1895 – the event that marks the birth of cinema. 222 more words


"Gemma Bovery"

French film rarely disappoints me, and this “reworking” of art mirroring life as life mirroring art is a gem! In a Normandy village near Rouen, Gustave Flaubert penned the novel “Madame Bovary”. 481 more words

2015 Blind Spot Series: "My Life to Live"

“My Life to Live”

“Vivre sa vie” or “My Life to Live” is a French New Wave film that also feels distinctly different from some of the more prominent movies of the highly influential movement. 629 more words

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My Case/Mon cas (1986, directed by Manoel de Oliveira)

Part III

There’s a great bit in Singin’ in the Rain in which Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont record a love scene for their next costume drama blockbuster, The Dueling Cavalier. 1,395 more words

Film Reviews


By Jake Bibby

Directed by Claire Denis

When watching Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum, you could be forgiven for forgetting you were ever watching a film at some points such is its understated subtlety, effortless on screen acting and sheer realist tendencies. 583 more words


Standing Still in the Middle of the Dancefloor: A Review of Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Eden'

There are many frustrating things about Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden, but only one of them is symptomatic of the limitations that “serious cinema” has imposed on itself in the past few years. 1,034 more words