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A Controversial Crimson Kimono

“YES” the poster blares, “this is a beautiful American girl in the arms of a Japanese boy!” Beneath this headline a picture of a Japanese man kissing a beautiful white brunette, his left hand splayed […]

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A Not Very WILD BILL

There’s significantly less Wild Bill Hickok in Walter Hill’s Wild Bill than one might think. While the eponymous Old West lawman is a constant presence throughout the film, Hill opts instead to examine Hickok more […]

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Pick Your Potentate: Trump or Idi Amin

In his insert essay for the Criterion Collection’s recent Blu-ray release of Barbet Schroeder’s seminal General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait, J. Hoberman compares Schroeder’s chilling examination of its eponymous Ugandan dictator to Jean Rouch’s […]

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Boom Shalako!

In 1962 Sean Connery exploded into international superstardom when the first James Bond film, Dr. No, was released. Five years later, Connery was done with Bond, temporarily retiring from the role after 1967’s You Only […]

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A Romantic BRUTAL TALES OF CHIVALRY

It’s hard to believe that Japan would feel any nostalgia for the immediate post-World War Two era. War-time devastation, the humiliation of military occupation, and the scarcity of food and household goods would be enough […]

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