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“Virtue? A fig! ‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.”

Review: Of Good Report Of Good Report opens with a repetitive creaking sound, some rural background noises, and a desolate landscape; in cinemascope. The allusion to Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West is obvious, although perhaps only to a cinephile. The central character, Nolitha, is a shout out to Nabakov’s Lolita, which […]

Restless City: Beauty Above All Else

You’d be forgiven for thinking Restless City, photographer Andrew Dosunmu’s first feature, is all aesthetic and nothing else. The film is indeed saturated with beauty, youth, and blackness. The cameras linger on the cast’s features, hone in on svelte midsections as they pace softly-lit rooms, and the sound suddenly shuts out in parts, with the […]

To Russia, With Love

On the 7th July 1896 the Lumière brothers screened six soundless films at the Watson Hotel in Bombay as part of their roadshow which included performances by magicians. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke), the newly widowed artist and printer, shared the fin de siècle Victorian fascination with the novel and bizarre was an eager part of […]