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on: January 29, 2021, 02:57:06 AM
As hes one of the most if not the most ambitious directors working, seems right he should have a thread? something I was thinking about since everything on this forum relates to PTA - Jia and PTA are the same age. And Id say they are on similar ambition levels, completed impressive features at the same early age. And with the years they gradually grew in scope and ambition. They both have big canvasses and aspire to be their countries own cinematic novelists. Very little in common otherwise. Stuff to think about...

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Reply #1 on: January 29, 2021, 10:37:35 AM
Started to tune out once you mentioned PTA (he's never even made a Giallo!!!).
Gonna read up on Zhangke over the weekend -- I tend to tackle filmographies chronologically, so I'll watch them in release order.


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Reply #2 on: January 29, 2021, 11:48:36 AM
If Im not mistaken the first three films are all on criterion right now.


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Reply #3 on: January 29, 2021, 12:26:22 PM
Fuego!! Will watch ~


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Reply #4 on: January 29, 2021, 12:54:21 PM
Also 24 City, A Touch of Sin & Mountains May Depart are on MUBI


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Reply #5 on: January 30, 2021, 02:36:29 PM
Criterion's restoration iz perfect, gives the costume coordination a bit more --
here's a lower res transfer:
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Reply #6 on: January 30, 2021, 07:18:34 PM
Fun fact: Scorsese was behind this restoration, he was on the Jia train early and reached out to him after he saw this in the 90s, telling him he was making a new language.