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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Thursday, January 30, 2003

City Of God...
If you get a chance go and see the film City Of God, do. It is an engrossing, thrilling, fantastic, moving, relentless, funny, violent film - largely peopled with amateur actors. Set in Brazil and based on a true story of various boys growing up in a ghetto (the "City Of God") in Rio de Janeiro. Starting in the 60s the action (and there's plenty of it) sweeps you along to the 80s as you follow at least a dozen or so people as they get caught up in (or chose to follow) a life of drug pushing and violence. Echos of Scorsese, Tarantino and Coppola are all there but the ultimate uniqueness of this film is in the way the audience is treated as intelligent enough to work out many of the motives, strengths and weakness of the characters for themselves. Oh, and when we went to see it two people walked out about half way through - further recommendation of the power of the film.

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