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Don't Breathe

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The Decalogue

On Kieslowski's "The Decalogue," now being released theatrically in restored form and soon on Criterion Blu-ray.

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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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North by Northwest with fish and vectors

This film, "The Knife" by Mario Balducci,¹ was made for Nic Clear's Unit 15 course, "Crash: Architectures of the Near Future" at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. It consists of four sections, involving re-imagined images from Hitchcock's "North by Northwest": The Knife, The Cliff, The Cafeteria and The Forest.

So, it evidently has something to do with J.G. Ballard and his architecture criticism, but I don't quite know how to look at it that way. What I see is something strangely compelling, presenting recurring nightmarish highlights from "North by Northwest." With additional fish. And dotted lines and arrows that map out or suggest movement within the frame. OK, I can't explain it, but I kinda like it. * * * *

¹ NOT based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire.

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