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Henry Sheehan

Art in Adversity

“I have come here just now, to sit with you. I am sitting, I’m relaxed. But really, I can’t relax. All I can do is run. That’s all I know how to do. From the time I was little, I’ve run. That’s what I do.” The speaker is Kurdish filmmaker......

A Case for the Peace Movement

Photo by Slobodan Dimitrov Much of the left-wing press has been gnashing its teeth recently over the ongoing street demonstrations against the war in Iraq. The arguments against them basically boil down into two categories. The more persuasive is practical and addresses actions like the disruptions of traffic. These lie-downs......

The Story of O (vs. Tok)

For those who like their Hong Kong movies to come at them straight from the shoulder — rather than in a series of snaky jabs, à la Wong Kar-Wai — Fulltime Killer fulfills all the conventions of raw Cantonese gun opera. One scene sums up its violent grandiloquence nicely: a......

Magical History Tour

WRITER-DIRECTOR ALEXANDER (NÉE ALEKSANDR) Sokurov — a perennial presence at major film festivals with such recent work as Taurus (2000), Moloch (1999) and, screening this weekend at LACMA, Mother and Son (1996)(see Calendar Film Pick of the Week) — is on the whole more respected than beloved. Before attending film......
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