Birds

Perched

The perch I past
Some say vacant, remedial
A filled-out form
From where I once found
This world
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The Sub-Continent

Pather Panchali

Depicting the childhood of the protagonist (Apu) and his elder sister (Durga) and the harsh village life of their poor family, Pather Panchali was the first film in the Apu trilogy.  Often considered a groundbreaking film, it was in many respects the birth of modern Indian cinema.
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Putney Swope


So, here we have a motion picture that all but defies categorization.  This piece of guerrilla warfare, directed by Robert Downey Sr. (not to be confused with that other Downey) takes aim at the role advertising plays in our media-obsessed culture.  Made almost 50 years ago, it is difficult to find a more telling assessment of how we, as a society, merchandise desire.
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Neo-Realism

Rocco and His Brothers

When people speak of the Italian New Wave, at least as it relates to cinema, they are often discussing the piercing work of Luchino Visconti.  There are, of course, numerous other film makers who made a splash during this era (1955-1970), but none captured the ethos of what it meant to be starting out in life during a post-fascist world quite like Mr. Visconti.  His bold commentary on familial values, duties and the perks of being young, as seen in his epic tale, Rocco and His Brothers, stirs up many memories, lost opportunities and often a few regrets.
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