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Every 2 weeks, MovieMailís (http://www.moviemail-online.co.uk ) Graeme Hobbs takes a look at a couple of significant DVD releases, providing an informative appraisal of the films in question.
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Carl Theodor Dreyer
One of the great artists of world cinema, with a style increasingly honed to a kind of purity, his films reward repeated viewings. Four are newly available on DVD, and Graeme reviews two of them, Day of Wrath and Master of the House.
Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) and David Holzmanís Diary (Jim McBride)
These landmark works of cinema verite were both filmed in New York in 1967 and show how new lightweight equipment and innovative filming techniques away from the mainstream enabled filmmakers to bring a wider range of peopleís stories to the screen.
It Happened Here and The Sun
Both films are set in the latter stages of the Second World War, though thatís just about where all similarities end. The Sun is the enigmatic Russian director Alexandr Sokurovís portrait of Emperor Hirohito in the days before his surrender, while It Happened Here is Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Molloís remarkable film of life and collaboration in Nazi-occupied England.
YES and The Ear
Films in which a coupleís intimate relationship is imposed upon and changed by a larger political situation. YES is Sally Potterís response to the poisonous atmosphere of mutual distrust that has followed in the wake of 9/11, while The Ear is set in communist-era Czechoslovakia, and is a film of fear and paranoia as a couple play out their marital strife in a bugged apartment.
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