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NYFF 2016: NERUDA BY PABLO LARRAÍN (ENG)

By Tanner Tafelski

The film move, move, moves. Neruda alternates between the poet and the cop; its synaptic editing crystallizes moments, mainly of Neruda and Óscar walking through hallways, climbing into cars, and shuffling along streets. This is a film of entrances and exits, comings and goings. It is a film that morphs history into a dime store cat-and-mouse chase that ends in the snow-capped Andes.

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IL CINEMA RITROVATO: MAGIE MODERNE AND LE QUADRILLE (ENG)

By Tara Judah

Another experimental highlight came on the final day with a special screening of recently discovered and digitally restored short films by Jacques Rivette. Collaborating with Jean-Luc Godard, Le Quadrille (1950) was another invigorating highlight of the festival.

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IL CINEMA RITROVATO: SEVEN CHANCES BY BUSTER KEATON (ENG)

By Tara Judah

The “shared experience” that cinema-goers so often speak of presumes some consensus of experience. And yet, so often I find myself in an auditorium wondering why the atmosphere suggests everyone else is experiencing something entirely different to me. Buster Keaton’s recently restored and beautifully digitally presented Seven Chances (1925) is a chief example.

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IL CINEMA RITROVATO: SANGRE NEGRA (NATIVE SON) BY PIERRE CHENAL (ENG)

By Tara Judah

Sangre Negra (Native Son, 1951) was heavily censored on release in America; just six weeks after real life events that came a little too close to some of the film’s confronting and contentious racial content. Bigger Thomas (Richard Wright), living in abject poverty with his family in the Chicago slums, is offered a job as a chauffeur for an affluent white family. His past reveals some petty tire theft but he assures his new employers that he has turned over a new leaf and won’t be causing any trouble.

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AV FESTIVAL 2016: MEANWHILE, WHAT ABOUT SOCIALISM? (ENG)

By Rebecca Naughten

The 7th biennial AV Festival took place between 27th March – 27th April in Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding area in north east England. The 2016 edition’s title – Meanwhile, what about Socialism? – was inspired by a current groundswell of interest in socialism internationally, but more specifically by George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) (wherein Orwell rhetorically asks that question).

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BERLINALE 2016: MAQUINARIA PANAMERICANA BY JOAQUÍN DEL PASO (ENG)

By Tara Judah

Such is the advice – or perhaps it is a mandate – from the management at Maquinaria Panamericana. It’s an unusual workplace; an administrator disconnects her ringing phone because it’s interrupting the celebration of her birthday and an Executive Assistant is painting palm trees on her finger nails. No one seems to be doing very much in the way of work.

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