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    Bergman’s enigmatic masterpiece

    Life, Plalai Faifa, Published on 02/05/2014

    » Ingmar Bergman’s most memorable films almost always drew on his personal memories and especially his personal torments. But by the time Persona was released in 1966, even his greatest admirers may have been tiring of his ongoing argument with God, which he had been chronicling on-screen for a decade.

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    Paranoia rules

    Life, Plalai Faifa, Published on 20/01/2012

    » John Carpenter's 1982 version of The Thing is about monsters from space in the same way that Lars von Trier's recent Melancholia is about the end of the world. Both films use spectacular catastrophes out of science fiction to show the power of destructive mental states that can literally pull the world out from under those affected by them.

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    When worlds collide

    Life, Plalai Faifa, Published on 17/02/2012

    » A few years ago I happened on a series of releases on DVD of an ancient US science-fiction television programme called Tales of Tomorrow. It was broadcast during 1951-2, when memories of World War II and the horrific revelations of its final years were still quite fresh. They gave rise to a widely felt pessimism about human nature that was apparent in the movies of the post-war years _ shadowy American film noir culminating in Robert Aldrich's apocalyptic, still-terrifying Kiss Me Deadly, French existentialist parables like Wages of Fear, and many of the Japanese classics made during the period.

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