Movie 1/26/2012

24 City (Jia Zhangke, 2008). Sad, reflective, beautifully shot look at the way a new transition is taking a group of longtime factory workers away from their homebase when the factory is shuttered to make way for a new planned community. And hanging behind all this is the original transition, when hundreds of workers were displaced to arrive in Chengdu in the late 1950s upon Chairman Mao’s decision to build a new arms factory in a rural area.

At What a Feeling!, a fave Eighties picture is recalled, Alan Rudolph’s The Moderns, which was something of a Midnight in Paris with a shake of bitters added.


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