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That’s the Thing (Smells Like Twin Critics) – A Brighter Summer Day

"We are all wandering the Earth alone, longing to be longed for." William C. Hannan

Continuing their retrospective on 1991 classics, Alex and Nick look at Edward Yang‘s long-unavailable, 4-hour masterpiece, A Brighter Summer Day. Also, for their recommendations, they take a look at features from Ann Hui and Wes Anderson.


Intro – 00:00-1:45

Background and Production – 1:45-22:45

Premiere, Legacy, and Retrospective – 23:43-50:45

Picks of the Week – 50:45 – 01:06:25

Outro – 01:05:52 – 01:07:54

Linked Articles and Videos:

Edward Yang: Taiwan Stories New Left Review

Modern Time (a tribute to Edward Yang by Olivier Assayas. Film Comment, Jan/Feb 2008)

Tony Rayns audio commentary (recorded in April, 2014)


Boat People

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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