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Cheick Oumar Sissoko, who lives and works in Mali, has looked around and noticed that his fellow filmmakers in sub-Saharan Africa are few--"and due to our financial need (great with regard to our

He poses like a tightrope walker, though one who's unexpectedly domestic and chubby.

When people label a film "great," the usual effect is to close off a discussion that ought to be opening.

Ever since Rosetta won the top prize at this year's Cannes festival, American journalists have puzzled over the jury's decision, or written it off as mere insolence.

Sooner or later, there would have to be fireworks in Bringing Out the Dead.

Begin with a cluster of molecules in the void. The camera zooms away from them, sucking you back through some dim anatomical corridor.

What was it like in the sixties, wonders a dewy young woman in The Limey, speaking to Peter Fonda. Who better to ask?

To die for art: No one takes the idea seriously anymore, and yet people do it every day.

To the list of movie characters who look back on their lives from the Beyond, add Lester Burnham, the 42-year-old, dead narrator of American Beauty. He is a murder victim--so it would seem

Conventional wisdom has it that Americans stopped attending foreign films as soon as the domestic ones started featuring bare breasts. Convention, as usual, is too simple.

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