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Mon, 11 Nov 2002 12:59:36 EST
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In a message dated 11/10/02 3:40:49 AM, [log in to unmask] writes:

> Yet he seems to be covered a lot by the serious cinema press, why?
It's been a while since I've seen it and I try not to read too much about
films I like that much, but The Puppetmaster, to me, is about the concept of
memory as seen through the eyes of an old man. The puppetmaster's memory (and
the film) is a free-flowing, ever-changing, and sometimes contradictory and
faulty vision. Once I understood this (about 20 minutes into the movie), I
was able to relax and enjoy it much more. The second viewing, naturally, was
even more rewarding. Memory is a favorite theme of the director (as is for
one of his disciples, Kore-eda Hirokazu, who did a very lovely documentary on
him) and it's a film very much worth exploring a few times. Admitedly, many
of the recent "minimalist" films (static camera, one-minute shot of a closed
door, etc.) from around the world seen very much like the emperor's new
clothes and have annoyed the hell out of me, but in my opinion, this isn't
one of them. And seeing it on film, as I did, probably is a vastly different
experience than video.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film &   Video
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Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
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