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The Look of Silence

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Sculpting a Lethal Landscape/Producing a Crime Scene

In The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer’s 2012 masterwork about the Indonesian massacres of 1965-66, lethal surroundings proliferate:  the street along which two of the perpetrators drive, reminiscing companionably as they catch sight of the newspaper office where they tortured and killed their victims; the open rooftop where the film’s protagonist Anwar Congo reenacts his killing methods; the rubber plantation where what he did to others was so horrific he still has nightmares about it…

Janet Walker, Professor of Film & Media Studies University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Cathedrals of Culture

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Spectacles of the Sacred Secular

Cathedrals of Culture, a six-part   omnibus film spearheaded by  Wim Wenders and Robert Redford, announces itself as a “3D Film Project about the Soul of Buildings.” Aiming to redefine “cathedral” for a secular age, the buildings showcased serve not religion but the institutions of science, art, and law that form the foundations of modern culture. These iconic structures, located across five countries, represent a medley of architectural styles, from neoclassical to high-tech. Fittingly, each accompanying half-hour film is uniquely styled in the manner it manifests a building’s soul and makes use of 3D cinematography.

By Cortland Rankin, Cinema Studies, New York University.

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