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CITY OF WOMEN / FEDERICO FELLINI / 1980

City of Women is Fellini’s dream/nightmare odyssey into the female world of nineteen-eighty. Fellini (through alter ego Snaporaz, played by Marcello Mastrioanni) explores his fear and awe of the new woman, trying to grapple with a brave new world dominated … Continue reading

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Kuroneko / Kaneto Shindo / 1968

Kuroneko has strong echoes of Shindo’s previous film, the seminal J-Horror Onibaba, in which a mothers jealousy over her daughter and lover, leads to dire consequences for her as she tries to take her revenge on them in the guise … Continue reading

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Mulholland Drive / David Lynch / 2001

Mulholland Drive is David Lynch’s homage to Los Angeles. A love affair that began when he moved there in the early 1970s, and one that endures to the present. He stays just around the corner from the actual Mulholland Drive … Continue reading

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A Snake Of June / Shinya Tsukamoto / 2002

A Snake Of June is Shinya Tsukamoto’s fifth feature. Although it may initially seem to be a low budget film shot with a hand held camera; the viewer rapidly becomes conscious of its incredible design. The idea of the film, … Continue reading

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La Grande Bouffe / Marco Fererri / 1973

This is a film that rivals Pasolini’s Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom in terms of its sheer lunatic depravity. If it weren’t for its moments of comic relief -and believe me there are plenty, even if one cringes … Continue reading

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L’Eclisse / Michelangelo Antonioni / 1962

L’Eclisse reminds me of another film released that same year, Herk Harvey’s ‘Carnival Of Souls’. In both, we see an alienated woman wandering through a vacant urban landscape. Architecture plays a key role in the films, although perhaps more overtly … Continue reading

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The Naked Prey / Cornel Wilde / 1966

In ‘The Naked Prey’ the hunter becomes the hunted after politics between a party of visiting big game hunters on safari in Southern Africa and a local tribe turn sour. Made by Cornel Wilde, a Hungarian American actor turned director … Continue reading

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