Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Film: Earth Cries Out, The / Il grido della terra (1949)

Film: Earth Cries Out, The / Il grido della terra (1949)

May 26, 2018 | By

Since its restoration in 2008, The Earth Cries Out is regarded as one of the earliest films chronicling the founding of Israel, made 9 years before the publication of Leon Uris’ best-selling novel Exodus, and Otto Preminger’s epic 1960 film version…

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Patricia Rozema’s Singing Mermaids & White Room + Bonus Audio from NCFD 2018

Patricia Rozema’s Singing Mermaids & White Room + Bonus Audio from NCFD 2018

May 24, 2018 | By

Review of the CanCon classic I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) and much-maligned White Room (1990) + Q&A audio of director Patricia Rozema & journalist Kiva Reardon during National Canadian Film Day.

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DVD: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

DVD: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

May 24, 2018 | By

As Patricia Rozema recalls in her commentary track for the Miramax & Alliance DVD, she never expected her feature-length directorial debut to become a critically lauded work locally and abroad, but her tale of a young woman’s attraction to her boss and the worth of creative energy has enough heart and whimsy that it evolved over a relatively short time into a Canadian classic…

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DVD: White Room (1990)

DVD: White Room (1990)

May 24, 2018 | By

In 1990, precious critics felt betrayed after newcomer Patricia Rozema made not another charming comedy-drama like her debut, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987), but a kind of suspense drama with sudden jolts of light comedy and fantasy, culminating in a finale that didn’t please most audiences…

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TJFF 2018: War Tales 01 – Documentaries

TJFF 2018: War Tales 01 – Documentaries

May 15, 2018 | By

Reviews of four documentaries screened at TJFF 2018: Another Planet (2017), The No. 5 War (2017), Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators (2017), and Saving Auschwitz? (2017).

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Film: Another Planet (2017)

Film: Another Planet (2017)

May 15, 2018 | By

Director Amir Yatziv adopts a truly unique approach in weaving together various attempts to recreate the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz as virtual reality experiences. It sounds like a surreal concept, but Yatziv relies on excerpts and interviews with the VR creators who explain their goals, and sometimes appear as themselves within the segments…

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Film: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators (2017)

Film: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators (2017)

May 15, 2018 | By

Behind the best-selling children’s book about an overly curious monkey and his human friend in the yellow hat is the fantastic story of its creators, artist Hans Augusto Rey and writer Margert Rey, German Jews who fled Nazi Germany and eventually settled in the U.S…

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Film: N°5 War, The / N°5 War: A Deadly Duel Behind the Dream, The / La guerre du N°5 (2017)

Film: N°5 War, The / N°5 War: A Deadly Duel Behind the Dream, The / La guerre du N°5 (2017)

May 15, 2018 | By

Made for French TV, Stéphane Benhamou’s documentary is very specific on the creation and impact of Coco Chanel’s most popular perfume which ultimately transformed her into a global brand and one of the wealthiest women of her time, but perhaps new to the fashion icon’s story is the rather dirty maneuvering which suggests Chanel was a self-serving Nazi sympathizer…

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Film: Saving Auschwitz? (2017)

Film: Saving Auschwitz? (2017)

May 15, 2018 | By

There’s a chilling moment in Jonathan Hayoun’s hour-long documentary in which a city mayor isolates the dark history of Auschwitz to a 4 year period in which the Nazis invaded Poland, built their largest killing centre, and left after the Soviets pushed them out…

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TJFF 2018: The Ancient Law (1923) Live!

TJFF 2018: The Ancient Law (1923) Live!

May 7, 2018 | By

Reviews of works currently screening at TJFF 2018 begins with The Ancient Law / Das alte Gesetz (1923), a rare German film supported by a live score performance with pianist Donald Sosin and Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals.

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