A mixed bag of recent shorts. Erica Peng’s Orange Juice and Knitting Needles is a tender meditation on the filmmaker’s aged grandparents, their six-decade-long marriage, and the Buddhist spirituality that infuses their everyday lives. Diana Logreira’s I’m the One Who Suffers but I’m Still the King is a sincere but amateurish documentary about a Colombian […]
Author Archives: Ted Shen
A Summer’s Tale
1 hour 53 min • 1996
G • 1 hour 40 min • 2003
Finding Nemo 3D
G • 1 hour 40 min • 2013
The Cremaster Cycle
This week the Music Box presents all five installments of Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster” cycle of avant-garde features, plus the Chicago premiere of his latest, De Lama Lamina.
G • 1 hour 29 min • 2003
Civil War western involving “nudity and rape,” an example of the period subgenre purportedly called the “roughie” (1969); Lee Frost directed. 94 min.
Bollywood screen idol Rekha plays the title character, a girl abducted by greedy neighbors and sold to a brothel in faraway Lucknow who grows up to become a celebrated courtesan. After falling in love with the scion of a respectable family, whose social status makes marriage between them impossible, the heroine defies her madam and […]
The Turandot Project
An earnest tribute to showmanship, this 2000 documentary by Allan Miller traces the uneasy collaboration between two strong-minded artists—conductor Zubin Mehta and filmmaker Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers)—as they collaborate on a stage production of Turandot, Puccini’s opera about a cruel Chinese princess. Miller captures the clash of cultures and personalities in small but […]
Talking Pictures: Fred Camper on Nature and Cinema
A critic’s choice in the truest sense, as Reader contributor Fred Camper uses slides and experimental films to illustrate how art represents nature. The earliest work, Jean Epstein’s Le tempestaire (1947), is a textbook example of crosscutting between separate events in the service of storytelling: verite images of a storm on Cape Breton alternate with […]
This dyanamic 1924 short by Fernand Leger and Dudley Murphy seems to celebrate the Industrial Age. Its rapid montage of patterns and objects—most of them of modernist design—is driven by George Antheil’s music, an unrelenting rush of percussion, player pianos, and a siren. 17 min.
Sex Is Comedy
1 hour 32 min