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The Farewell Party

High drama and lowbrow, morbid humor get stitched together in this successful tragicomedy about terminal patients and assisted suicide. Works better than expected.

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Sunshine Superman

I found Jean Boenish’s philosophical musings less than persuasive. And I don’t think my fear of heights was the reason for my bias.

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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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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Cannes Flashback: David Lynch Gives Filmgoers All They Can Handle

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Flashback #2: David Lynch Gives Filmgoers All They Can Handle

Roger Ebert remained perplexed and frustrated by the work of David Lynch until he awarded four stars to the director's later efforts, 1999's "The Straight Story" and 2001's "Mulholland Dr." In this selection from the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, Roger shares in the smattering of boos that accompanied the jury's controversial decision to award the Palme d'Or to Lynch's "Wild at Heart," a film that most certainly lives up to its title. The critic seems especially perturbed by how Lynch's apparent "originality" is derivative of Roger's own work, claiming that the film was "inspired by such Russ Meyer films as 'Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!,' 'Super Vixens,' 'Cherry, Harry and Raquel,' and, yes, 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,' for which I wrote the screenplay." Regardless of one's opinion regarding Lynch's work, there's no denying this is a great piece of exasperated commentary.

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