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    A rare moment: a movie from my list of beloved, great films that has to be removed for its failure to sustain additional viewings with pleasure and edification. I was watching Fritz Lang's MABUSE, THE GAMBLER, the 1922 film that introduced the iconic master villain, and I found it difficult to sustain interest. It's an episodic crime film lasting 5 hours in its original version, and it failed to sustain my interest in the way the equally long, more rewarding LES VAMPIRES did recently. Much to admire in Lang's film but not one of my favorites based on my last viewing.

    Having said that, I have a new addition to the canon, a late silent from the UK: SHOOTING STARS (1828). It's a visually inventive love triangle set in a film studio hence its ability to critique its own medium and production process. Anthony Asquith is primarily responsible. He was in his 20s still when he made this masterpiece.

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    Sure about that date?
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    A typo, no doubt. It's 1928.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinemabon View Post
    Sure about that date?
    No, like Chris says: it should be 1928. Thank you so much for being so observant and for making me feel good that you guys are reading these posts about movies that should be quite obscure to the vast majority of people. Matter of fact, remarkable how few people in film studies are familiar with the wonderfully cinematic silent films Anthony Asquith made before he became famous for talkies based on famous plays. And I like those too. I'm watching his UNDERGROUND (also 1928) next.

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    Early Anthony Asquith - is there any way we can watch them?

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    P.s. I hope somebody will read my New Italian Cinema reviews in the Festival Coverage section, just completed reviews of all the films. But the series isn't till the end of this month so you have plenty of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Knipp View Post
    Early Anthony Asquith - is there any way we can watch them?
    Both SHOOTING STARS and UNDERGROUND have been restored by the British Film Institute recently and released on Bluray and dvd with no coding for region. It can be viewed in all players.

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    I had no idea you worked in Egypt. The reviews are, as always, a window into a cultural phenomenon of which most of us know so little. How revealing the depth of your reviews tend to be when it comes to understanding another country's version of cinema - very different and yet some common similarities familiar in most settings. You're very fortunate to be in New York and San Francisco which has this exposure. "Foreign" cinema appears to have run a cycle of avant garde college students in the 1960's; posh art house acceptance in the 1970's; transfer to video and widespread discussion in the 80's and 90's; internet websites in the early 2000's that gave rise to a forum like this one... and now with multiple digital outlets and multiple websites, obscure theatrical releases again attract small highly-educated specified audiences, not unlike those in the 1960's.
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    Thanks, Oscar. I hope these disk releases will move to rental availability because I don't buy disks just to watch a film except in very rare cases.
    Cinemabon, Egypt, you're referring to me? Yes and I also worked more briefly in Morocco but it's been a while. More significantly I have put a lot of time into studying Arabic. But how did this come up? not on this thread? Not sure exactly how US audiences for foreign films have changed. I'm no expert on that. I'm guessing that there are also a lot more film festivals all over the US - all over the world - and that also makes new global cinema in closer reach to people. I think that's another important "platform." Yes, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and spend significant time in NYC, you get a chance to see most of the foreign releases.

    Some great non-US films releasing soon that I saw in the NYFF - watch for these, please!
    BURNING (Lee Chang-dong)
    ASH IS PUREST WHITE (Jia Zhang-ke)
    ROMA (Alfonso Cuarón)
    COLD WAR Paweł Pawlikowski)
    SHOPLIFTERS (Hirakazu Koreeda)
    and the French ones
    HIGH LIFE (Claire Denis) I didn't dig it, but there's probably a lot there I missed.
    NON-FICTION (Olivier Assayas)
    SORRY, ANGEL (Christophe Honoré)
    A FAITHFUL MAN (Louis Garrel)


    Also coming in Feb. with one-week Nov. release:
    NEVER LOOK AWAY (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) The maker of THE LIVES OF OTHES made a good one this time. It's in German about an artist, whose life, like Gerhard Richter's, spans from the early Thirties till today and he becomes one of Germany's most important artists. I saw this in a screener, it's being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. The others above I saw at the NYFf. See my reviews in the Festival Coverage Section
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    Fantastic! So many films worthy of attention. I catch most of the best but at my own pace. These titles will get priority. I have admired the work of these directors before, so they're not a hard sell. Chris, thanks. I assume that everything that's on disc is available streaming to whatever device you have (a set preferably). However, there's many things streaming that I cannot buy on disc. I own 100s of movies on BR I have to make time to watch!

    I have been admiring the intricate narrative structure of MUDBOUND, with its interlocking voice-overs, six of them! 3 by white characters and 3 by black ones. The movie essentially sets up two contrasts: 1) Between 2 brothers we met when they are burying their "Pappy", and between two soldiers of different races returning from WWII. Rachel Morrison, the DP, is the first female nominated by the Academy for Cinematography. So it's a film of both literary and purely visual riches, and the ensemble cast has won all kinds of awards. I've mentioned this before in my best of 2017 discussion: this is a major film that a lot of people have not watched and it's a shame that Netflix did not advertise it and put it in theaters.
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    They are great, I enjoyed them a lot and have just rewatched BURNING at home with a lot of pleasure. I don't know the details of their post-theatrical release, I hope people will watch for them however they can see them. By "available streaming" do you mean like on Netflix or HBO or something like that?
    Unfortunately I could not finish watching MUDBOUND, it seemed too deterministic to me and bothered me too much - to watch at home. Had I gone to see it in a theater of course I'd have stayed to the end. It's harder to finish films at home, sometimes.
    I see you are right, Rachel Morrison is the first female ever nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar. That is surprising. There are a number of good ones. Agnès Godard for Claire Denis comes to mind.
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