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Listen Up Philip

The terrific cast all delves into the material full-bore, which contributes to its peculiar resonance. Perry may hate everyone and everything, but in making a…

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Private Violence

A look at the complexity of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the difficulty of prosecuting abusers in a court of law, "Private Violence"…

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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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Movie Answer Man (06/18/2000)

Q. I recently rented a copy of "Fight Club" at my local Blockbuster. I know that as a "Family-Oriented" video store they refuse to handle NC-17 rated movies. They also put "Youth-Restricted Viewing" stickers on any and all movies without a rating, regardless (it seems) whether or not the movie might be appropriate for children. "Fight Club" was released in the theatres with an R rating, but I recall several scenes in the film release that I noticed were edited from the video. There is a scene where Myra tells Tyler Durden, "I want to have your abortion." Also another scene where we see Brad Pitt's character editing pornographic material into children's videos. As it is narrated we are given a quick glimpse of male genitalia while the narrator makes a graphic comment. The narration was still there, but the visual was gone. (Joel Murray, Golden CO)

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Movie Answer Man (04/23/2000)

Q. I've been watching the new restored DVD edition of "Casablanca," and thought I heard Peter Lorre tell Humphrey Bogart that the famous letters of transit were signed by "General DeGaulle." Surely the signature of the leader of the Free French would be useless in Nazi-controlled Morocco. What gives? (Greg Nelson, Chicago)

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