THE PAINTED BIRD – Review by Susan Granger

Having caused not only controversy but massive ‘walk-outs’ during film festivals, Czech filmmaker Vaclav Marhoul’s three-hour, black-and-white adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s grim, gruesome autobiographical novel is an epic revelation of extreme cruelty and brutality during World War II.

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THE PAINTED BIRD – Review by Martha K Baker

The Painted Bird pictures abject cruelty. The film version of Jerzy Kosinksi’s 1965 novella proves as hard to watch as the slim book was to read. And anyone who has not read the book but peeks at the plot might be dissuaded. The story is about a Jewish boy as he seeks succor or just to survive in Eastern Europe near the close of World War II.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 25-31: THE CONGRESS

Opening Aug. 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Congress, from writer-director Ari Folman and starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, and Jon Hamm. The unusual film combines live action and animation to present a unique premise set in a world in the not-too-distant future where Wright gives a studio control over her digital likeness for use in perpetuity. Read on…

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