Archive for May 8th, 2012

by Dennis Polifroni

I remember the first time I read a book by myself.  It was a frightening proposition.  I was just beyond the realms of still sounding out words like FAN-TAS-TIC and IN-CRED-IBLE and I always opened a book with the comforting knowledge that my father was in the next room to help if I got stuck.  To read, like all ventures of that time, was to take an arduous step.  It was like praying that my glove came up at just the right moment so the baseball wouldn’t careen into my young face and demolish my teeth.  It was relative to the cautions I took when my old man removed the training wheels of my bicycle and i sped off into the streets with my fingers crossed.

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by Allan Fish

(Turkey 2011 150m) DVD1/2

Aka. Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da

Darkness and cold with enfold my weary soul

p  Zeynep Ozbatur  d  Nuri Bilge Ceylan  w  Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Cesal, Ebru Ceylan  ph  Gokhan Tiryaki  ed  art  Cagri Erdogan

Muhammet Uzuner (Dr Cemal), Taner Birsel (Prosecutor Nusret), Yilmaz Erdogan (Commissar Naci), Ahmet Mumtaz Teylan (Arab Ali), Firat Tanis (Kenan), Ercan Kesal (Mayor Mukhtar), Erol Erarslan (Yasir), Ugur Asnaloglu (Tevfik), Murat Kilic (Izzet), Nihan Okutucu (Gulnaz), Safak Karali (Abidin), Cansu Demirci (Mukhtar’s daughter),

It had been nearly a decade since Uzak, the film that not only promoted its director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as a talent to follow but arguably put modern Turkish cinema on the map.  Since then other directors have loomed into focus – Fatih Akin, Semih Kaplanoglu, Oscan Alper, to name but a trio – and now, along with perhaps Romania, it’s become the breakthrough national cinema of the 21st century.  Ceylan himself had made films in the interim, but while Climates had some wonderful narrative touches and Three Monkeys was a pleasant enough appetiser, one could hardly call them veritable feasts worthy of the next Tarkovsky, as he has often been seen.  Being honest, other directors perhaps now seem closer to Tarkovsky’s ideologies, but one thing Ceylan has always had is an eye for visuals and, in particular, very deliberate and exact camera placement. (more…)

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