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    Chronicle of a Disappearance

    In a series of filmed diary entries, Palestinian moviemaker Elia Suleiman records his return home after a self-imposed exile in New York. Captured by a camera that hardly seems to move except when cutting from shot to violent shot, Chronicle voyeuris...

    by Cecily Marcus on April 9, 1997
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    Ulysses' Gaze

    One could think of this epic odyssey as another self-reflexive Rivertown story: A man known as A (Harvey Keitel) goes against the commercial dictates of his filmmaking career to embark on an obsessive search for the rarest of movies--the Lumire-like...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
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    Children of the Revolution

    This is clever stuff from Australia, starring a better-than-ever Judy Davis and based on a wacky premise: What if, on the last night of his life, Josef Stalin slept with a woman, and she was an Australian communist, and this union brought a child? Su...

    by Phil Anderson on April 9, 1997
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    Only in America

    If only for its uber-ordinary Texas settings and pseudo-verite affectations, this ambitious Amerindie invites comparison to Richard Linklater's formative Slacker--albeit with only a fraction of that film's memorable character sketches. Where Linklate...

    by James Diers on April 9, 1997
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    Predictions of Fire

    Set in Slovenia, this documentary companion to Sonic Outlaws weaves newsreel footage and quotes from Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht into a dense compendium of history and art theory. It focuses mainly on the Slovenian industrial band cum "resista...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
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    The Last Days of Frankie the Fly

    Director Peter Markle made local history 15 years ago with The Personals, the first genuine made-in-Minnesota movie. Since then, he's been a journeyman filmmaker in Hollywood, mixing feature assignments (Youngblood, Wagons East) with good work on TV ...

    by Phil Anderson on April 9, 1997
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    The Scottish Tale

    Writer-director Mackinlay Polhemus's quirky romance starts with a clever idea and goes straight downhill from there. Built around the play whose name is unspoken in theater circles (don't think too hard--the lovers' names are Mack and Beth), the stor...

    by Carolyn Petrie on April 9, 1997
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    Unspooling the Globe - A grab bag of reels from the Mpls./St. Paul Film Festival

    This is the second year that the film festival formerly known as Rivertown has been called the Mpls./St. Paul International Film Festival, but it's pretty much the same as it's been for over a decade: a catch-as-catch-can affair, at once thrillingly...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Blood Simple


    Blood Simple

    The Fool's Tree Theatre SOMETIMES IT SUCKS to be a critic. Whenever I feel really mixed or happily befuddled about a play, people read the review and then ask me, "So... did you like it?" Who cares? I want to say--what does "like" mean? Sometimes, ...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 2, 1997
  • All Dressed Up


    All Dressed Up

    Cabaret Dolls Ballet of the Dolls Legal Innocence Corning Dances & Co. IT WAS 8 p.m. on Good Friday and the faithful were streaming into the Basilica for the evening's service. Meanwhile, on the other side of Hennepin Avenue, pilgrims of an entirely...

    by Caroline Palmer on April 2, 1997
  • Enraged and In Love - Sleater-Kinney and the dichotomies of rock & roll


    Enraged and In Love - Sleater-Kinney and the dichotomies of rock & roll

    The hallways of San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium are papered with '60s-show posters, their curlicue lines and letters reaching out to entangle you like a persistent, still-perplexing dream. From where I stand, watching Sleater-Kinney put the peda...

    by Terri Sutton on April 2, 1997
  • Shoot the Moon - Theatre de la Jeune Lune makes the best of lean times with The Kitchen.


    Shoot the Moon - Theatre de la Jeune Lune makes the best of lean times with The Kitchen.

    Call it survival of the fattest: Corporate blobs like to eat independent information and entertainment sources for lunch. That's no news flash--witness the recent profitable surrenders and unnatural deaths in the local media. They're easy to ration...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 26, 1997
  • Domestic Disturbances


    Domestic Disturbances

    As we all know, the world's a wild and crazy place these days. Technology is running amok, for one thing. Whole cultures are being assimilated, marginalized, or pretty much decimated, with political borders and alliances as mere lines in the sand. ...

    by Julie Caniglia on March 26, 1997
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    Boom, Boom, You're Dead

    "ANYONE WHO NEEDS bruises or contusions, come to Table E. Bruises or contusions, over here, please." It's 0500 hours, Saturday. Outside, the moon slumps behind a massive cloud itself the color of a fresh bruise. Inside the hangar at the U.S. Air Fo...

    by Joseph Hart on March 26, 1997
  • Remember When


    Remember When

    2-gether Illusion Theater Fortinbras Park Square Theatre THE BIG BULLY was getting in my space. Despite the pitch blackness, I could feel him next to me, inching closer. "Are you gonna give this a favorable review? You better," he threatened. "It's ...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 19, 1997
  • Flirting With Disaster - With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge.


    Flirting With Disaster - With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge.

    It's a built-in need that we rehearse the difficult things of life, so they don't come as a complete surprise and don't overwhelm us. --David Cronenberg Confession: I was nervous about seeing Crash, as I've been before all of David Cronenberg's film...

    by Rob Nelson on March 19, 1997
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    J.G. Ballard: bard of the autoerotic

    No film could ever hope to wholly capture the virtuosic and polymorphous perversity of J.G. Ballard's Crash, and that's probably a good thing. Ballard's text is literally a catalog of the most malignant sort of eroticism, and spares nothing in the w...

    by Brad Zellar on March 19, 1997
  • Exquisitely Mundane


    Exquisitely Mundane

    Kenzaburo Oe A Quiet Life Grove Press ALL FICTION IS fundamentally autobiographical. All serious fiction, that is. Right? To a genre hack who spins yarns about detectives or spaceships or heaving bosoms, personal history may be irrelevant. But a ser...

    by Steve Schroer on March 19, 1997
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    Frozen Flora

    I'M LOSING MYSELF in a prickly-ash bud. It didn't look like much from the trail, a mere rusty knob among hundreds dotting a chest-height shrub. But up close the color intensifies; soon it shines almost scarlet against the cinnamon bark. What seemed ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on March 19, 1997
  • Coups and Blues


    Coups and Blues

    Good News About Third World Shoes Mixed Blood Theatre Not Without Laughter Children's Theatre O Pioneers! Great American History Theatre LIFE IS TOO short for plays that make you fantasize about intermission--especially when it never comes. And rea...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 12, 1997
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Nacirema: Stories of Color explores race

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