Monthly Archives: February 2009

BERLIN: Great Cajun music in Tavernier’s ‘Electric Mist’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – There are several reasons to like French director Bertrand Tavernier’s handsome and atmospheric feature “In the Electric Mist,” which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival tonight, not least the sumptuous cinematography … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Lucia Puenzo’s ‘The Fish Child’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Argentinean writer-director Lucia Puenzo has followed up her successful first film, 2007 Cannes Critics Week winner “XXY,” with “The Fish Child” (El nino pez), which, despite its unfortunate title, is a satisfying noirish tale that … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Yoav Shamir’s ‘Defamation’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir tackles the thorny and provocative issue of anti-Semitism in his documentary “Defamation” and finds a deep divide between Jews who see it everywhere and Jews who find it nowhere, least of … Continue reading

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Mickey Rourke pounds pavement for ‘The Wrestler’

By Ray Bennett British director Darren Aronofsky says he thinks Mickey Rourke still hasn’t seen “The Wrestler”, the picture they made about a beat-up fighter that has resurrected the actor’s career. He might not have seen it but, boy, has … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Richard Dreyfuss in ‘Complicit’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Government sanctioned torture and freedom of the press are topics of explosive dramatic potential but Joe Sutton’s new play “Complicit,” which has opened at the Old Vic, misses the opportunity. Richard Dreyfuss plays Benjamin Kritzer, … Continue reading

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