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It’s Easy to Become Passionate About “The Passion of Joan of Arc”   Once in awhile, a film comes along which is so brilliant and insightful it needs no vocals — or even dialogue subtitling, on occasion — to get its message across. 1928’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is just such an example. Directed in newly-developed panchromatic black-and-white film stock by Carl Theodore...
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Cary Grant and Derring-Do Make a Natural Pair   The 1930s was a time of great pioneering in aviation, and also one of its most dangerous. What seems routine today — flying in stormy weather or high over mountains — was routinely hazardous and terrifying on occasion back then. In this 1939 movie classic directed by action specialist Howard Hawks (great last name, by the...
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Title: 川の底からこんにちは (Kawa no Soko kara Konnichiwa) English Title: Sawako Decides Release Date: May 1st, 2010 (Japan)   This is a really funny movie about a young woman, Sawako, played by Mitsushima Hikari, who ran away from home five years ago, with the intent of ditching her boring country life for a more exciting life in Tokyo. Things quickly took a turn for the worse...