Category Archives: Animated Films

Chico y Rita – Love in the Time of Jazz

One of the prettiest passages of the film, Rita and Chico write the soundtrack’s love motif.

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More Zbigniew Rybczynski – Zupa (1974)

Another must watch: As an addendum to yesterday’s post, I’ve since learned that Tango earned the director an Oscar at the 1983 ceremony. Remarkable in its own right, but read the fittingly bizarre occurrences surrounding Rybycznski’s historic win: “At the … Continue reading

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Tango

You will enjoy this. Something like a visual representation of Steve Reich played in Svankmajer’s brain:

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Notable Reads: Susan J. Napier

Matter Out of Place (2006) Good month for filmgoers in New York: while Film Forum, the West-side NYC film mecca, brings us the filmography of French master, Robert Bresson, the good people at IFC continue to run Japan’s beloved Studio … Continue reading

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Kamaji

“The bathhouse organization privileges traditionally sanctioned virtues such as endurance and hard work, as seen by the fact that the only way Chihiro can rescue her parents is by taking whatever job is offered to her, no matter how burdensome. … Continue reading

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No Face

“No Face’s orgy of excess is ultimately contained, allowing the film’s final message to be one of somewhat guarded optimism for the survival and even perhaps the renewal of traditional culture. The agent of this renewal is, of course, Chihiro, … Continue reading

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Stink spirit

“When asked by an interviewer whether the film includes unclean things along with fantasy, Miyazaki explained that ‘in the act of creating a fantasy, you open up the lid to parts of your brain that don’t usually open.’ These more … Continue reading

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