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Wandafuru Raifu

This earlier film “Wandafuru Raifu” ( “After Life”, 1998 ) by Hirokazu Kore-eda is so far – apart from the masterwork of ‘Maborosi’ – one of the most intriguing movies I have seen by this director. A small mid-20th century social-service-style office is a waystation for the souls of the recently deceased, where they are […]

A barber

Claude Lanzmann has died at the age of 92. I will always remember seeing his epic, 9 1/2 hour film “Shoah” about the Holocaust in a little, long gone cinema in New York, opposite Juilliard in 1985. http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6498# He had interviewed survivors of the Holocaust, and there was one episode in the middle of this […]

The woman with a broken nose

Now I was lucky enough to see my second film with Nebojsa Glogovac in the leading role, by director Srdjan Koljevic. And it reminded me quite of “The constitution” which I had seen recently here in Oslo in the cinema. Nebosja Glogovac is again the center of the film and his acting alone makes it […]

Nebojša Glogovac

I just have learnt that Nebojša Glogovac, the main actor in “The Constitution”, Rajko Grlic’s remarkable film from 2016, has died at the age of 49 in February 2018, after having been diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2017. He was a very characterful and strong actor, not very well known in the West, though […]

56.49 min. et al

Only for German speaking readers ( my apologies ) and only for the few who are interested in Arno Schmidt ( that means virtually nobody ): starting from 56.49 min. is an excellent new documentary about Arno Schmidt, part of a series about the “Lueneburger Heide” by R. Altmüller. Arno Schmidt, who was estranged from […]

Maboroshi No Hikari

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film “Maboroshi No Hikari” is just another stunning example of the level Japanese art films operate on. It is impossible to describe the subtleness, dignity and depth of this film. The imagery is influenced by Ozu, one of the Grandmasters of Japanese cinema, and it is no exaggeration to say that each scene […]

Cicely Alaska

So far I have 2 TV series I would have to take to a desert island if it ever comes to that. One is “Minder”, a British series, which has been my Nr. 1 since I first got my paws on it. http://www.minder.org And Nr.2, straight behind, is “Northern Exposure”, a US series that ran […]

Late Autumn

Yasujiro Ozu’s penultimate film from 1960. The term “masterpiece” should not be used in an inflationary way, but quite a number of Ozu’s films fall into that category, and this late opus definitely is a top drawer affair. A sublime story around Ozu’s central theme of relations within families. In a nutshell: it is as […]

The tree of the wooden clogs

This film received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival in 1978, its director was Ermanno Olmi. It is an epic portrait of peasant life in late 19th century Italy. Olmi presents a year in the lives, charting their daily activities in the natural flow of existence: birth, marriage, death and the trials and tribulations […]

Donald in 1958

This is not about Donald Duck, but a 1958 episode of the Western TV show “Crackdown”, which features a con man named Trump who comes to town and promises that he alone can save the townspeople from the end of the world. He is accused of being a fear-mongering snake oil salesman and they try […]