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Berlin Film Festival: Play it Again …! Series

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the Berlin International Film Festival will mark its 60th anniversary with the retrospective “Play it Again …!,” featuring 40 films compiled by British film critic David Thomson from previous Berlin festivals.

Among them are Curzio Malaparte's The Forbidden Christ, Alf Sjoberg's Miss Julie, Akira Kurosawa's To Live, Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Zhang Yimou's Red Sorghum, Niels Arden Oplev's We Shall Overcome, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia.

Also, Nagisa Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses, which caused a furor in 1976. German authorities – who probably had better things to do (weren't the Baader Meinhof running loose in those days?) – confiscated the film's print and charged Berlin's Forum sidebar director Ulrich Gregor with disseminating pornography. Now, didn't that make the world a safer place?

The “Play it Again …!” series will take place at the CinemaxX theater in Potsdamer Platz and at the Zeughauskino. The complete retrospective program will be available at by mid-January.

The 2010 Berlin Film Festival runs Feb.11-21.


         
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