The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life makes it seem that the US is not the product of history, but almost elemental; that culture has not even mediated in the construction of Americans.
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  • allied

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    Steven Spielberg’s penchant for historico-political films began with The Color Purple (1985), for which he was panned both by the American black community and the critics. He grew up, in a big way, since this early attempt, when he tried an epic scale recreation of the Auschwitz, its background...
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  • Modern Times

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  • New Cinema

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    Imposing, ancient, heavyweight pillars, and busy preparation for a shoot in the midst of them—this is the opening sequence of Benegal’s New Cinema, a film by Iram Ghufran, who had us mesmerized with her earlier film, ‘There is something in the air’. The pillars create a sense of traditional...
  • Captivity

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    Some films, such as Captivity, are made for a singular, shocking purpose: to capitalize on a sick audience’s thirst for sensationalism and the gross spectacle of human blood and gore. They also reveal, as in this case, the deteriorated condition of its maker’s mind. The filmmaker, decaying in the...
  • The Book of Eli

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    It took Moses forty years to cross the desert. When The Book of Eli opens, Eli (Denzel Washington) has already spent thirty years walking towards his chosen destination, quite appropriately, the West. His is a character much like that of an angel from the older of the two Testaments;...
  • The reader

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    Circumstances and the prevailing laws of society can radically change ordinary people and compel them to commit atrocities. The Reader, produced by Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack (who both passed away prior to the film’s release), is a fictional case study. When a serious film opens with an extreme...

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