by Kelly Vance A few quick notes on the late Hara Setsuko, but first a little context: The actresses of Japanese cinema’s golden age were quite a company of heartbreakers. Three of Japan’s most internationally renowned filmmakers got the lions’ share of the talent: Kurosawa Akira, Mizoguchi Kenji, and Ozu Yasujirô.
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by Kelly Vance Try to picture a diminutive man in a tiny all-white suit and matching white shoes, hurtling around Manila on a pint-sized motorcycle and packing an appropriately dainty submachine gun, as an agent of the Philippine government on the trail of a mysterious gang of villains.
by Kelly Vance Even as film noir has gained popularity with audiences recently, an old complaint about it surfaces from time to time: That it’s more or less a “boys’ club,”
by Kelly Vance Bay Area art-film aficionados and armchair adventurers are in for a treat. The six-month trip to Georgia is ready for take-off.
Read two critical perspectives on A Coffee In Berlin (2012, Jan Ole Gerster) , from Kelly Vance and Jackson Scarlett. A Coffee In Berlin opens in San Francisco at Landmark Cinema’s Opera Plaza and in Berkeley at Landmark’s Shattuck Theater on Friday, June 20, 2014.