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    A few selections of the selections

    FROM THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: SOME RECOMMENDATIONS

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    Laura Dern in Inland Empire

    Ones to go to or look for

    Because the New York Film Festival is...
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    GUILLERMO DEL TORO: PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006) ...

    GUILLERMO DEL TORO: PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006)

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    Dreams in red; memories in blue: fascism and a child's escapes

    Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)...
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    Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Climates (2006)

    NURI BILGE CEYLAN: CLIMATES (2006)

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    Zero by the hygrometer

    Turkish director Ceylan is uncompromising in his alienated view of relationships here. ...
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    Tahani Rached: These Girls (2006)

    TAHANI RACHED: THESE GIRLS (2006)

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    The spirit and sadness and spice of street life

    These seven young women living on the street in Cairo are warm...
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    Johnnie To: Triad Election (2006)

    JOHNNIE TO: TRIAD ELECTION (2006)

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    Bloody game: an elegant repetition of an old routine

    [ P O S S I B L E . . . S P O I L E R S ]

    It may seem...
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    David Lynch: Inland Empire (2006)

    DAVID LYNCH: INLAND EMPIRE (2006)

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    A nightmare to remember: Lynch back on the edge

    Inland Empire: it means Los Angeles, the place of Lynch’s...
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    BARBARA ALBERT: FALLING (2006) ...

    BARBARA ALBERT: FALLING (2006)

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    A long day's journey into the mid-thrities

    The German title Fallen means not only "to fall" but also "traps," a hint...
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    Alain Resnais: Private Fears in Public Places (2006)

    Alain Resnais: Private Fears in Public Places (2006)

    ALAIN RESNAIS: PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (2006)

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    Alienated Parisians lost in a (notional)...
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    Bong Joon-ho: The Host (2006)

    BONG JOON-HO: THE HOST (2006)

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    Populist, politically correct wild fun

    Leave it to the lively Korean film industry to produce a monster movie with a...
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    MICHAEL APTED: 49 UP ...

    MICHAEL APTED: 49 UP

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    However it's skewed, it still can't fail

    Though he’s made some other films that are remembered (The Coal Miner’s Daughter,...
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    Pedro Almodóvar: Volver (2006)

    PEDRO ALMODÓVAR: VOLVER (2006)

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    A return, forward

    It doesn’t take an Almodóvarista to see that the Spanish director is in top form in this new one,...
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    Warren Beatty: Reds (1981)

    WARREN BEATTY: REDS (1981)

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    A maverick magnum opus with a political theme -- rare in American movies

    Warren Beatty's magnum opus Reds was presented...
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    Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

    ZACHARIAS KUNUK, NORMAN COHN: THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN (2006)

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    Off-putting but deeply significant storytelling

    Kunuk�s 2001 Atanarjuat: The...
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    Emmanuel Bourdieu: Poison Friends (2006)

    EMMANUEL BOURDIEU: POISON FRIENDS (2006)

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    Malik Zidi in Les amitiés maléfiques

    Youthful indiscretion, adult failure

    [W A R N I N G : S P O I L...
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    Nikolaus Geyrhalter: Our Daily Bread (2005)

    NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER: OUR DAILY BREAD (2005)

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    Artistic documentary: does it work?

    Nikolaus Geyrhalter's Our Daily Bread is more...
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    Satoshi Kon: Paprika (2006)

    SATOSHI KON: PAPRIKA (2006)

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    Chaos is come again--but we saw it in 1989

    Most film buffs old enough to have survived the Eighties developed...
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    Tian Zhuangzhuang: The Go Master (2006)

    TIAN ZHUANGZHUANG: THE GO MASTER (2006)

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    A visual poem about an ancient game of competition and the pursuit of faith

    Wu...
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    Stephen Frears: The Queen (2006)

    STEPHEN FREARS: THE QUEEN (2006)

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    A tart tribute to two big Brits

    Stephen Frears’ The Queen, written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland) and...
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    Otar Iosseliani: Gardens in Autumn (2006)

    OTAR IOSSELIANI: GARDENS IN AUTUMN (2006)

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    Jacques Tati without the punch line

    Otar Iosseliani’s Gardens in Autumn is about the...
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    Abderrahmane Sissako: Bamako (200)

    ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO: BAMAKO (2006)

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    Local color and argumentation in a passionate polemic set in Mali

    As recently as Ousmane Sembene’s...
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    Jafar Panahi: Offside (2006)

    JAFAR PANAHI: OFFSIDE (2006)

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    Soccer transcends gender restrictions

    Jafar Panahi, whose previous films such as The Circle and Crimson...
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    Hong Sang-soo: Woman on the Beach (2006)

    HONG SANG-SOO: WOMAN ON THE BEACH (2006)

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    Sexual competition and creative malaise

    Where Hong Sang-soo’s dramas differ from Eric Rohmer’s, other than...
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    Manoel de Oliveira: Belle Toujours (2006)

    MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA: BELLE TOUJOURS (2006)

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    Buñuel recollected in maturity

    Pushing age 100, Oliveira shows he’s more than just keeping a hand in...
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    Alberto Lattuada: Mafioso/Il mafioso (1962)

    ALBERTO LATTUADA: MAFIOSO (1962)

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    Sordi goes south

    Italian cultural icon and cinematic great Alberto Sordi (1920-2003) was in peak form when he...
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    Marc Recha: August Days (2006)

    MARC RECHA: AUGUST DAYS (2006)

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