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  • Flowing (NR)

    Brimful and elusive, like the Heraclitean river that forever moves while standing still, Mikio Naruse's 1956 masterpiece, about a geisha house come on hard times (and not incidentally running athwart modernizing currents in Japanese culture), poises at the indefinable edge of variation and stasis, between evanescent incident and immutable form. more...
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  • The Makioka Sisters (NR)

    Kon Ichikawa's 1983 film of the celebrated Tanizaki novel tells the story of four sisters in 1920s Japan, the elder two loyal to old traditions, the younger ones drifting toward Western lifestyles. more...
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  • The Mirror (NR)

    A childhood autobiography of sorts from Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev, The Sacrifice); quite a few critics consider this 1974 film a metaphysical masterpiece, though one dissenter has described it as “the sort of film that one can only hope worked out some personal problem for its director.” In Russian and Spanish with subtitles. more...
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  • Nayak (NR)

    Satyajit Ray's 1966 feature comes at the tail end of his early realist period, which included most of the films (the Apu trilogy, Devi, Charulata) that won him his reputation in the West. more...
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  • One Million Years B.C. (NR)

    Raquel Welch in a strategically upholstered bikini gets to fight the dinosaurs and other anachronistic beasties in this anthropologically dubious reworking of the 1940 Hal Roach/D.W. Griffith prehistoric potboiler (alas, no Victor Mature in this one). more...
  • Sadie Thompson (NR)

    Raoul Walsh's notorious silent feature (1928) was the first screen adaptation of Somerset Maugham's Rain and barely survived Hays Office scissoring, though audiences got past some of the bowdlerization by lip-reading the racy dialogue. more...
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  • Sudden Fear (NR)

    Gargoyle thriller from 1952, with Joan Crawford (in her high garish period) as an heiress who discovers her husband (Jack Palance, the perfect iconic match) is planning to kill her. more...
  • Walkover (NR)

    Jerzy Skolimowski's 1965 sequel to Identification Marks: None, with Skolimowski himself once again playing the young outsider who struggles to find a comfortable niche in cynical and deflated 60s Poland. more...
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