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One of the problems besetting film collectors who have ended up owning redundant DVDs is the increasing unplayability of the discs. Finally settling down to watch the four-hour version of 'Mysteries of Lisbon', Raul Ruiz's remarkable last film, I discovered the discs were so covered in scratches that they wouldn't play. I mostly use portable peripherals, which are far more sensitive and…
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It's a given these days that any film involving corporations, institutions or governments will present a black-and-white picture of good (independent, liberal, quirky, new age) against evil (fascist, secretive, dishonest, betraying) but once in a while we see ethical dilemmas explored in greater detail. Terrence Rattigan's 'The Winslow Boy' has been filmed at least ten times. Arthur Winslow learns…
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'An exit of film critics'? 'A pretence of film critics'? 'A sneer of film critics'? Judging by the latest poll of the best 100 films of the 21st century according to 177 film critics it should probably be 'a wankfest of film critics'. Film polls are notoriously subjective, of course, but dear God in Heaven, what a dismal collection this turns out to be. As someone who has (shamefully) seen every…
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How do you make the act of thinking exciting without relying on 'Sherlock'-style graphics? That's one of the questions this film has to handle. 'The banality of evil' was a phrase created by Hannah Arendt as she tried to come to terms with the crimes of Adolph Eichmann. Margarethe Von Trotta's morally complex film covers the German-Jewish political theorist/philosopher's trip to the Jerusalem…
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