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City Tales, film

We were paying homage to Chris Marker (1921-2012), a reclusive filmmaker, in Shinjuku Golden Gai.

by Shu Kuge

新宿区 — Christophe, my friend from Paris, was in the city. After dinner, we visited “Shinjuku Golden Gai” to find a bar where Chris Marker used to hang out. Years ago, Christophe and I became friends through an online Japanese film discussion group. There was no Facebook or Twitter back then. Shinjuku Golden Gai used to be a black market during the U.S. occupation period. Many “shops” were actually illeg...

film, Railway stations, Santa Fe Style

Cocteau Cinema & Coffee House:              Santa Fe Style VII

by David Wade Chambers

Santa fe — Santa Fe has three fine arthouse cinemas: “The Screen” on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design; “Cinematheque” at the Center for Contemporary Arts; and now the newly reopened and r...

Live Music, film, open air cinema

Just back from Ubud Writers Festival. Brilliant indie documentary about three Jakarta street musicians, projected on an open air screen. After the heartfelt standing ovation the Canadian Director came on stage.

by Peter Morgan

Ubud — The film, Jalanan (“Streetwise”) had won best documentary at the Bussan Film Festival. I thought perhaps 1000 people watched the film but the Jakarta Globe later said the audience had 4000 people. The...

filmmakers, film, Memories

Me and Pedro Almodóvar in the twentieth century.

by david frança mendes

Rio de janeiro — I was a very, very young film critic and he was a budding film auteur. Pedro Almodóvar was already a name recognised to those well informed in the European film/club/music/underground scene but in Bra...

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