A documentary on Japanese literary postmodernist Haruki Murakami, as well as a folktale from his novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.” As the Guardian puts it: “Full of ambiguity and sex – all Murakami’s signature flourishes are here.”
Tag: Social Realism
Diane Arbus: A Privileged Voyeur of Life on the Margins
It’s been 42 years since the troubled US photographer took her own life, but her images continue to reveal the camera’s predatory nature. Watch a documentary made in 1972 that examines her photography and her methods.
H. G. Wells on the Futurist Dystopia of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”
“Metropolis” hallucinates a futuristic city, a paradise of glass and steel, where underground workers toil endlessly at the giant machines that run the world above. Controlled by the autocratic industrialist, his spoilt son falls for the working class prophet who envisions some mediation between workers and managers. Noted science fiction author H. G. Wells reviews the controversial 1927 masterpiece.
Diego Rivera and the Fall and Rise of Detroit
Viewed today, Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals might have prefigured Detroit’s downfall, but also envision a renaissance. It harkens to the earth, the races living and working in harmony, where sections of the city have been cleared of distressed neighborhoods and allowed to regrow with food crops, grasses and trees.