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by Allan Fish

(China 1986 88m) not on DVD

Aka. Dao ma zei

Carrion for the vultures are we…

Wu Tiang-Ming  d  Tian Zhuangzhuang  w  Zhang Rui  ph  Hou Yong, Zhao Fei  ed  Li Jingzhong  m  Qu Xiaosong  art  Huo Jianqi

Tseshang Rigzin (Norbu), Dan Jiji (Dolma, his wife), Jayang Jamco (Tashi, his son), Gaobe (Nowre), Daiba (granny), Drashi (grandfather),

Voting on the greatest film of the 1980s, two different critical groups named Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull the greatest film of that decade.  Sadly many critical groups are an insular lot, racist by omission as Mark Cousins referred to conventional film histories that largely ignore whole swathes and cultures of world cinema.  There are two ironies to that acclamation, however.  The first, and perhaps most contentious, is that Raging Bull isn’t even the greatest American film of the 1980s – I’d place Once Upon a Time in America, Heaven’s Gate and Blue Velvet ahead of it at least – let alone world cinema.  The more interesting irony is that Martin Scorsese himself, while doubtless sincerely flattered by the acclaim, would I’m sure feel slightly embarrassed by it.  He more than any other director knows of the breadth of world cinema and of its mighty reach, and putting the entire American cinema aside, would doubtless be a trifle embarrassed to see his admittedly great film placed ahead of the masterpieces by Fassbinder, Bergman, Kieslowski and Reitz, to name but a few, in that decade.  Yet when asked about favourite films of the decade by Roger Ebert, Scorsese himself nominated Horse Thief…but as best film of the 1990s.  It took that long to find any audience in the US.  (more…)

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