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Naked Spaces–Living Is Round

Significantly, when Vietnamese filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha gives herself a director’s credit in her remarkable meditation on West African life and architecture, she places an X over the word “directed.” Why? Because a central aspect of her project is the dislocation of the authority by which we generally presume to understand the alien, and redirection […]

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The Parking Lot of Life

NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD COUNTRY MUSIC and TOYS FOR MEN Harbinger Theatre Productions Asphalt has never seemed like a sign of maturity to me. Buying a house, certain haircuts, a growing appreciation for Saks Fifth Avenue display windows, yes. But asphalt? Playwright Lee Blessing, however, sees the steadiness and security of adulthood in an […]

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Two Avant-Garde Masterpieces

OBJECT CONVERSATION * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Paul Glabicki. THE CUP AND THE LIP **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Warren Sonbert. SIGNAL–GERMANY ON THE AIR **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Ernie Gehr. One of film’s richest veins has been the American avant-garde or “experimental” movement. These films are made on very low budgets, usually without dramatic […]

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Food, Sex, and Death

TAMPOPO *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Juzo Itami With Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Nobuo Nakamura, and Mariko Okada. True, we eat to preserve ourselves from dying. But cooking, the moment of preparing foods . . . is a pause in the most relentless of natural processes, a moment when […]