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The Zookeeper's Wife

Has many lovely and moving moments but fails to capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Predicting the 1941 Oscars

The film critic David Bordwell is sitting in an airport in Denmark and he emailed me these caps from Weekly Variety. Now *that* was a trade paper. In typography it looked more or less as it did when I started reading it in 1967. Blow these up and you can read them. Here is a link to the actual winners that year. Damn, they made some good movies.

Bordwell: Note that Variety believed the numerous members of the Screen Extras Guild held the deciding hand.

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