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Moscow Central

British director Clive Gordon takes a wonderfully acerbic look at Russia’s democratic growing pains in this 1994 as wacky candidates run for office in Moscow’s central district. Among the wicked touches is Gordon’s use of “Sympathy for the Devil” on the soundtrack as a corrupt pol from the last regime strides through snowy streets. 72 […]

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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

Director-cinematographer Rick Ray was granted 45 minutes to pose ten questions to the exiled Tibetan leader, and in the three months leading up to this 2001 interview in Dharamsala, he toured India pondering what he should ask. This admiring travelogue blends entrancing scenery, new age music by Peter Kater, and archival footage (including a shot […]

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Zhang Dali: A Second History

Curated by University of Chicago professor Wu Hung, a survivor of China’s Cultural Revolution, “A Second History” investigates a pre-Photoshop era when anonymous retouchers removed extraneous peasants, disgraced officials, and other undesirable details from Mao-centric compositions. Chinese artist Zhang Dali reproduced 91 photographs, mostly of Chairman Mao, that originally appeared in official Chinese publications over […]

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Sabine Springer

German photographer Sabine Springer haunts Dortmund discos like a naturalist collecting specimens of the supernatural. The eight black-and-white C-prints from her “Kokon” (cocoon) series on display here suggest a nightmare montage from an expressionist film. Club kids, never dancing, look like lost souls in transit. Tightly packed in inky darkness, they’re studies in disconnectedness; intimacy […]

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Runin

Japanese director Eiji Okuda follows up his erotic tragedy Shoujyo (2001) with another love story wrought with anguish, this one set in 1838. Exiled to a penal colony on an island off the Japanese coast, Kisaburo (Kazuhiro Nishijima) peers at the tides and plots escape. Longtime prisoner Toyogiku (Keiko Matsuzaka), a former courtesan and convicted […]