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Denis The Menace Big World - Fired Up (Original Mix) Extra Quality

"I shall nail my colours to the mast and state straight away that no release in recent years has got me quite so fired up as the new Eureka Blu-ray edition of Profound Desires of the Gods, Shohei Imamura's 1968 epic inquiry into the fundamentals of 'Japaneseness,'" declares Jasper Sharp. "If I have to come out and say it, Imamura is the Japanese director I admire the most" and this work "might be considered something of the Holy Grail within Imamura's filmography.... How to describe this film then? Picture, perhaps, an Okinawan-set The Wicker Man as re-imagined by Herzog and Jodorowsky, portraying the superstitious denizens of a remote island and their reactions to the 'civilising' mission of capitalist interests from the mainland." See, too, Glenn Kenny's rave here in The Daily Notebook.Also new at Midnight Eye: "The films of Takashi Ito straddle the genres of animation and experimental film," writes Catherine Munroe Hotes. "Most of Ito's films are animation in its fundamental sense of creating the illusion of movement through the rapid display of a sequence of images. Ito's best works strip cinema down to its bare bones of being a series of photographs projected on a screen in rapid succession. His most lauded film, Spacy (1980), was made by filming and re-filming a sequence of 700 photographs with mathematical planning and precision. Image Forum's exciting new release of Takashi Ito's Film Works (Takashi Ito Eiga Sakuhin-shu) marks the first time this visionary artist's work has been available on DVD.""There are several reasons that justify consideration of Seijun Suzuki as a great filmmaker," argues Joan-Pol Argenter. "One of these is his ability to turn to his own advantage the narrative guidelines of a producer-dictated generic framework, such that his creative needs prevail. This is something for which many great masters of celluloid have been praised: Budd Boetticher achieved this very goal within the patterns of western, and Jacques Tourneur within those of horror and film-noir. Like Suzuki, these men were directors who mainly worked on B-series productions and preferred it that way in order to keep wider room for experimentation. Just like them, Suzuki was sly enough to convey his intellectual proposals by means of the genre dictated to him." Fighting Delinquents (1960), Suzuki's first film in color is "one of his more modest but no less interesting films.""Based on the autobiographical novel by Japanese comedian Hiroshi Tamura, [Tomoyuki Furumaya's] The Homeless Student [2008] paints an overall serious but occasionally comical cinematic portrait of the trials and tribulations that accompany being homeless," writes Miguel Douglas, adding, "more importantly, that of experiencing it through the eyes of a teenager."Jasper Sharp reviews Daisuke Miyao's "revelatory" Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom, noting that "at the height of his fame during the latter part of the 1910s he was considered one of the world's most popular screen actors, particularly among women, with an image that 'seemed to combine masculinity and femininity,' until he was eclipsed by the comparably exotic though rather more Caucasian figure of Rudolph Valentino."

Denis The Menace Big World - Fired Up (Original mix)



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