February 16, 2007 ISSUE

"Conflicting Desires" and the Cusps and Legacies of Modernity

The Tiffany's of DVD, Criterion releases three early sixties Japanese Films -- When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960), Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962).

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Finding Democracy, and Other Village Tales

Mao's Yan'an talks on art echo in the villages of China, as documentarian Wu Wenguang leads a team of videographers on a mission to teach ordinary people to make films about their own communities.

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Rags to Riches

Guru is: the cinematic pre-wedding for Indian royalty, the first Bollywood film to premiere in North America, the latest by acclaimed director Mani Ratnam. But APA argues it's all that, but also a reflection of a new mass political consciousness.

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