Naked (UK, dir, Mike Leigh)
Cinema of extremity stood-out greatly in the releases of 1993. Be it extreme misanthropy in Naked, epic atrocity in Schindler’s List, exquisite, peaceful beauty in Ocean Waves, the ultra-violence of Ninja Scroll and Braindead, or the conceptual brilliance-cum-excess of Groundhog Day, 1993’s strongest releases were largely straight-forward and plentiful helpings of pure cinema which diverted little from their central purpose.
Looking down my remaining watchlist of 1993 releases, it’s obvious that I have a great deal of catching-up to do, especially given that 1993 also saw the release of the final films from two cinematic masters: Akira Kurosawa’s Madadayo and Derek Jarman’s Blue.
Ocean Waves (Japan, dir. Tomomi Mochizuki)
1993 Watchlist: ACCIÓN MUTANTE – THE AGE OF INNOCENCE – ARIZONA DREAM – THE BABY OF MÂCON – BLUE – THE CEMENT GARDEN – DARWIN – FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE – GOLDEN BALLS – IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER – KIKA – MADADAYO – PHILADELPHIA – RAINING STONES – REMAINS OF THE DAY – SHORT CUTS – SOPYONJE – THE STRATEGY OF THE SNAIL – THREE COLOURS: BLUE
Ninja Scroll (Japan, dir. Yoshiaki Kawajiri)
Braindead [a.k.a. Dead Alive] (New Zealand, dir. Peter Jackson)
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