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Jacques Demy’s Two Shades of Ennui: Lola (1961) + Model Shop (1969)

Jacques Demy’s Two Shades of Ennui: Lola (1961) + Model Shop (1969)

May 30, 2018 | By

Reviews of Jacques Demy’s Lola diptych: the eponymous 1961 classic (via Criterion Blu) and his lone American film, the grim Model Shop (1969), new from Twilight Time.

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BR: Model Shop (1969)

BR: Model Shop (1969)

May 30, 2018 | By

After the success of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and its sequel Les desmoiselles de Rochefort (1967), Jacques Demy took the offered carrot from Columbia and settled in Los Angeles for his first U.S. studio picture, but what emerged was a film that may have reflected the tone of time…

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BR: Lola (1961)

BR: Lola (1961)

May 30, 2018 | By

After directing a series of short films, Jacques Demy made the leap to features with a low-budget romantic drama in which of the three men are linked to a cabaret dancer, only one will ride away with her heart…

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TJFF 2018: Postwar Tales Dramatic + Darkly Comedic

TJFF 2018: Postwar Tales Dramatic + Darkly Comedic

May 26, 2018 | By

Reviews of two contrasting tales of post-WWII refugees screened at TJFF 2018: the dark comedy-drama Bye Bye Germany (2017) + struggles in postwar Palestine in the forgotten Italian drama The Earth Cries Out (1949).

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Film: Bye Bye Germany / Es war einmal in Deutschland… (2017)

Film: Bye Bye Germany / Es war einmal in Deutschland… (2017)

May 26, 2018 | By

Sam Garbarski’s tale of postwar concentration camp survivors using their wits to raise enough money to sail for America with business startup money is an unusual premise for a comedy-drama, and for most of the film the peculiar tone manages to balance dry humour…

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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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