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Review – Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Fire

 “I can’t remember seeing so much humor in a production of Romeo & Juliet ever before – which was a delight.” A Review of Romeo & Juliet: Love is a FireSanta Monica PlayhouseBy Catharine Dada, PhD. This revisioned dynamic production Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Fire blends dance and a paired down, and sometimes […]

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Review: Lend Me Your Character

Dubravka Ugrešić’s Lend Me Your Character is a kaleidoscopic amalgamation featuring one novella, seven short stories, and several sections of author’s notes. In classic Ugrešić form, fairy tale elements abound–magic, crass humor, textile allusions to sewing, grotesque imagery, repetition, and warnings fill the pages.

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Review – Glass Onion

Set in Greece, Rian Johnson’s slick whodunnit is a repudiation of the tech craze, influencer culture, class privilege, and American hegemony abroad. Warning: Contains Spoilers for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery By Vanessa Bloom “I like the glass onion, as a metaphor. An object that seems densely layered, but in reality, the center is […]

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Review – Živa (The Death of the Goddess Živa)

Liquid Eco-Aisthēsis: Elemental Sensorium and Femininity in Živa Essay by Maja Manojlovic Živa (2022), a short experimental film by Nataša Prosenc Stearns, unfolds in nine scenes, each characterized by the prominence of one of the natural elements. However, just as our planet and bodies are primarily composed of water, so does its liquid, wavy fluidity […]

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Review – Pueblo Espíritu

Pueblo Espíritu, a mesmerizing wordless multimedia performance by Organización Secreta Teatro, invites audiences to explore a post-apocalyptic world infused with spiritual power. Don’t miss this captivating journey through physical, social, and spiritual boundaries

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Review – I Do Not Take My Name for Granted

I Do Not Take My Name for Granted: Four Short films by Saodat Ismailova Reviewed by Amanda L. Andrei March 6, 2023, at REDCAT, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater The longer you gaze at the steep cliffs, the more you start to see shapes of women. Vintage footage of Soviet tanks gives way to […]

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Review: Night truck driver

Night truck driver, By Marcin Świetlicki Translated from Polish by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese Poetry ISBN 9781938890802 128 pages  Bilingual: Polish and English on facing pages Zephyr Press Reviewed by Amanda L. Andrei The world drips. Caught in some kind of thaw, circling a winter on the verge of melting into a dream, or a dream solidifying […]

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Theo Angelopoulos – The Landmark UCLA Retrospective

Review by Malina Stefanovska In the Fall of 2022, the UCLA Film and Television Archive ran a complete retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos, a Greek film director and one of the most famous and beloved filmmakers of South East Europe. The full house of the Billy Wilder theater, the rapt attention of the audience during the […]

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Review: And If I Don’t Behave Then What

Reviewed by Amanda L. Andrei Open Fist Theatre Company Through March 4 And If I Don’t Behave Then What L.A. premiere of the new play by Iva Brdar Ovaries on the concrete. Chin and cheek dimples with the sound of a drill. Being polite, kind, and well-behaved in the face of nameless, insidious forces.  The […]

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The Frontier Café – Conversation with Ines Tanović

The history and future of Balkan Cinema Please subscribe to our new podcast. Available on Anchor, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcast, Castbox, Pocket Cast, Radio Public, YouTube This episode of Frontier Cafe features a conversation with Ines Tanović, the manager of the production company DOKUMENT and the Sarajevo Film Center. The conversation, in Serbo-Croatian, went […]

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