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News from the big world

Big World News is a strange movie: it is a western that, shot with technologies that could not be used in the times of John Ford, Howard Hawks or Henry Hathaway, respects not only the great tradition of the genre, but also recovers its historical context. A former officer from the South (Tom Hanks) travels from town to town reading the news in the newspapers as a show. His path meets a German girl kidnapped and raised by Indians, with whom he sets out on a journey through the Wild West in search of lost relatives. Each stage of the film shows the state of dissolution of a society after a civil conflict, but as is tradition in Hollywood cinema, it also raises a possibility of hope through the moral responsibility of the individual. Everything in pure image: great movie.

Original title: News of the World, USA, 2020

Direction: Paul Greengrass

With Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Neil Sandilands, Elizabeth marvel, Mare winningham

Netflix

Uppercase Typography

Here there is documentary and there is fiction; there is the montage of a theatrical work and archive images. There is, therefore, a reflection on what is the meaning (the « what for ») of art, cinema, creation. The film revolves around a real case: a graffiti artist in the Romania of Ceaucescu that, an opponent of the regime, ends up captured and destroyed by the secret services. The fime, in times when fear has become a global tool, is especially relevant: how to tell a truth through an aesthetic creation, be it graffiti, a play or a movie. Remarkable example of the development of Romanian cinema, intelligent and painful at the same time.

Original title: Majuscule typography, Romania, 2020

Direction: Radu Jude

With Serban Pavlu, Alexandru Potocean, Serban Lazarovici, Ioana Iacob

Mubi