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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 10 Jan 1996 10:17:14 -0600
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Mark Pizzato wonders:
"For next month's film forum, I'm considering _12 Monkeys_, because I'm a
fan.  But my dept. chair saw it and hated it (as old hat politically and
immature comically).  Any of you like/dislike it.  (I've not seen it yet.)  Any
higher recommendations for current films?"
I'm not sure what your department chair thought s/he was going to see, but I
liked 12 MONKEYS very much.  I don't think it should be read primarily in
political terms (though they are still important to the film) and it's really
*not* a comedy (there's even less of the kind of uneasy comedy that was in
BRAZIL).  It *is* an interesting adaptation of the elements and development of
the kinds of questions posed in Chris Marker's LA JETEE (which served as an
inspiration for the film).  I also think Madeleine Stowe is extremely good in
her role.
Another film you might consider is NIXON, which I *did* dislike, but which
should be a rich source for all kinds of discussions.
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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