Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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no fear no die claire denis movie
No Fear, No Die (1990)
Directed by Claire Denis
This is the first France-set feature from former colonial-administration brat Denis—but only barely. In the basement of a roadside restaurant, the seat of a small-time black-marketeer’s shady empire, émigrés Dah and Joceyln (Isaach De Bankolé and Alex Descas) run an underground cockfight, and also live. (Both actors are axioms in their separate appearances in Denis’s films, embodying variations on their yin-yang pairing here.) Face man Dah is hard-boiled in his voiceover narration but ultimately tender in his anxiety for animal trainer Jocelyn, the artist of the partnership, whose identification with his caged fighters bodes ill for his survival amid postcolonial bloodsport. When the two nod, bounce or sway along to exile anthem “Buffalo Soldier,” it crystallizes a core of longing within a transactional, transient world. Mark Asch (Mar 11 at BAM, part of the ongoing Overdue series)

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