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April 21, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
The rhythms of daily life captivate Danish film-maker Jorgen Leth, who brings acute, understated powers of observation to his just-completed works, "Moments of Play" and "Notebooks From China," which will screen Tuesday only at 7:30 p.m. at the Monica 4-Plex with Leth present. In the first film, Leth extends the notion of play to include all kinds of pleasurable activities--sports, dance, games--that he believes stimulate a "richness of thought" in its participants.
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June 4, 2004 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
In "The Five Obstructions," a film created by Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier, the two filmmakers take part in a series of conversations about remaking Leth's 12-minute 1967 film "The Perfect Human." In a scheme that is part game, part torture, part therapy and part perversely art-damaged riff on "My Dinner With Andre," Von Trier gives Leth a series of instructions on reshooting the film five separate ways.
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June 4, 2004 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
In "The Five Obstructions," a film created by Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier, the two filmmakers take part in a series of conversations about remaking Leth's 12-minute 1967 film "The Perfect Human." In a scheme that is part game, part torture, part therapy and part perversely art-damaged riff on "My Dinner With Andre," Von Trier gives Leth a series of instructions on reshooting the film five separate ways.
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April 21, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
The rhythms of daily life captivate Danish film-maker Jorgen Leth, who brings acute, understated powers of observation to his just-completed works, "Moments of Play" and "Notebooks From China," which will screen Tuesday only at 7:30 p.m. at the Monica 4-Plex with Leth present. In the first film, Leth extends the notion of play to include all kinds of pleasurable activities--sports, dance, games--that he believes stimulate a "richness of thought" in its participants.
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September 29, 1987 | LEWIS SEGAL, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"Peter Martins: A Dancer." Kultur. $39.95. The princely Dane of New York City Ballet is shown at the zenith of his dancing powers and at the start of his choreographic career in this 1978 film. Director Jorgen Leth alternates lightweight interview segments with random backstage footage (spiced with glimpses of George Balanchine). More significant: the revealing coaching sessions with teacher Stanley Williams and an engrossing "Afternoon of a Faun" rehearsal with choreographer Jerome Robbins.
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June 4, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"The Five Obstructions" is a complete original. This ingenious, almost indescribable film won't remind you of anything else because there's nothing else like it. In only 90 minutes it encourages you to reexamine the nature of cinema, the sources of creativity, the unexpected joys of the unanticipated moment. And it couldn't be more fun to watch. "Obstructions" results from the fusion of energies of a pair of Danish directors who seem to have little in common.
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September 12, 2006 | Patrick Goldstein, Times Staff Writer
Asger Leth doesn't especially look crazy or suicidal. But after I saw his new documentary, "Ghosts of Cite Soleil," which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival before a packed house Saturday night, I had my doubts.
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December 19, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Several years ago, when Clint Eastwood's eclectic and exceptional "Unforgiven" was on its way to winning four Oscars, including best picture, an executive at Warner Bros. commented, "If that had been our picture, we would have ruined it." The comment was not a little ironic, because technically "Unforgiven" was a Warners picture.
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June 15, 2006 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
YES, there are practical motives, like saving gasoline and getting exercise at the same time, but the bicycle is also a pathway into an exuberant, often madcap, 21st century culture of speed, grace, give-a-whoop fun, obsession -- and lawless derring-do. The assorted colorful tribes that make up this culture are the subjects of a globe-circling celebration headed for Los Angeles this month: the 2006 Bicycle Film Festival.
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January 26, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Ignoring glitzy surroundings that increasingly make the event look like a snow country Mardi Gras, the Sundance Film Festival stuck stubbornly to its gritty independent roots. It awarded its dramatic grand jury prize to the elliptical, yet compelling "Primer," a film that its writer-director has said was "shot for about the price of a used car." "I completely do not know what to say," said flabbergasted filmmaker Shane Carruth at Saturday night's award ceremony.
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May 9, 2004
Friday After Freedom Drama Vitagraph With: Mic Tomasi, Greg Satamian, Sophie Chahinian The idea: Cultural tug of war set in Glendale as a young Armenian American is torn between his tightknit community and finding his own way. Writer-director: Vahe Babaian * So?
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