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Entries Tagged as 'Remotely Familiar'

Remotely Familiar: Umberto D

October 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Remotely Familiar

By Cory Bilicko Umberto D didn’t stand a chance when it was released. A neorealist film that dramatizes the struggles of an elderly man nearing destitution in post-war Rome, it premiered to Italian audiences in 1952 who were ready to put the past behind them and look to the brighter economic future that would indeed […]

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‘Bagdad Cafe’ gives audience a cinematic study of magic realism

August 7th, 2008 · No Comments · Remotely Familiar

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer When German art critic and historian Franz Roh devised the term “magic realism” in the early 20th Century, his frame of reference stemmed from the visual arts he’d been studying. In his essay “Magic Realism: Post-Expressionism,” Roh was recognizing the “magic” of the everyday world as it presents itself to […]

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Victims’ families tell their story in Spike Lee documentary ’4 Little Girls’

July 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Remotely Familiar

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Nine years before he gave Katrina victims a platform for expressing their grief and frustration in his HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Spike Lee made the move from fictional filmmaking to docs with his potent 4 Little Girls. The film recounts the September 15, […]

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Remotely Familiar : Four women rediscover themselves during an “Enchanted April”

June 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Remotely Familiar

By Cory Bilicko Managing Editor In the opening of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the author describes the social condition in England at the arrival of World War I: Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build […]

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Remotely Familiar : A couch critic unearths obscure cinematic jewels

April 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Entertainment, Remotely Familiar

by Cory Bilicko A stay-at-home film critic examines obscure titles in our new section

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