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SPRING 2009 → AUTUMN 2010 Season (Part.1)

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2009 by Dean Mc

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8.45pm THURSDAY NIGHTS

October 29 → December 10; 2009


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The emphasis this season is on animation and experimentation with a dose of social criticism.. Three areas of film culture will be given a reasonable amount of exploration. Eastern European film (especially Animation), Post-WWII Hollywood Melodrama and experimental works of the time. Otherwise its the sprawling grab-bag of cinema you have come to expect.



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October 29th
Baron Prasil – Karel Zeman
1961 : 83min

A sumptuous treatment of the “Legend of Baron Munchausen”, by Czechoslovakia’s most beloved master of the fantastic. Using Gustave Dore’s original illustrations as a basis for his own boggling compositions, Zeman’s ability to unite live action and illustration through matting and elaborate staging is truly astounding. Of all filmic versions of this story, only Zemans’ truly captures the Romanticism and delirious spirit of the original book and its implicit relation to the “Age of Discovery”. Though possibly intended for children, the films “fine-art sensibility” and sophistication is ageless…

preceded by…

The Special Effects of Karel Zeman : 17mins – A short British documentary about Karel Zeman and his inventive film-making methods. Revealing tricks behind the production of the underwater sequences in “The Diabolical Invention”


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November 5th
Lunacy – Jan Svankmajer
2008 : 123min

The lunatics have taken over the Asylum, or have they? Svankmajer’s latest live action feature puts his animation in the background, and is his most satisfying drama to date. Inspired by Poe (once again) Lunacy is akin to Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade, in which the Marquis DeSade presides over a revolutionary Sanatorium, where the inmates are free to express their manias unrestrained. A relatively sensible man suffering from night terrors finds himself drawn into a web of secrets that lie underneath the surface of the Institute. Secrets with monstrous repercussions.

preceded by The Castle of Ortranto : 1977 / 15min

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November 12th
Lady in a Cage – Walter Grauman
1964 : 94min

Olivia De Havilland plays Mrs Cornelia Hilyard a wealthy but debilitated and isolated poetess, house bound in the affluent suburbs of Los Angeles and attended by her devoted yet suffocated son Malcolm . Having been pushed to the brink of suicide by their creepy sub-incestuous relationship, he leaves her alone for the weekend. A series of accidents leaves our Lady trapped in a badly designed elevator in the middle of her home. Misfortune and brutality escalates as a succession of social detritus and criminal opportunists invade her home (including a debut for James Caan as a young sociopath). Whilst being theatrical and wielding a heavy hand, the film brilliantly presents a biting portrayal of the social isolation of middle America and the nations overall trend towards everyday barbarism and disregard. Prescient of the shape of things to come… Like “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” it deserves equal title to the status of the “Great Californian Gothic” .

preceded by Motor Mania – Jack Kinney 1950 / 6.40mins – Goofy suffers from acute road rage and becomes the “Road Demon”

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November 19th
Animation and Ideology
1933-1977 : 119min

A program of Animations largely state and corporate propaganda from the USSR and USA, that range from idealist self-portraits of both Communism and Capitalism, through to wholesale mud-slinging. Even ideological manipulation can have its artistic merit, and all the films in this program display a great deal of creativity and mastery of the animation medium.

Black and White – I. Ivanov, I.Vano & L.Almarik:1933 : 2.27m
Alls Fair at the Fair – Max Fleischer 1954 : 8.20m
Forward March Time – V Tarasov :1977 : 17.47min
Going Places – J. Sutherland:1948 : 8.33m
The Millionaire – V Bordzilovsky & Y. Prytkov :1963 :10m
Destination EarthJ. Sutherland:1948 : 8.33m
Make Mine Freedom – J. Sutherland:1948 : 9.33m :
We Can Do It L. Atamanov : 1970 : 9.24m :
It’s Everybodys Business – J. Sutherland:1954 : 19.53m
Shooting Range – V. Tarasov 1979 : 19.15m
200 – Vincent Collins :1976 : 3.15m


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November 26th
Classics of Animation Review Part 1

La Joie de Vivre – Hector Hoppin & Anthony Gross : 1934 / 9min

Frisky, naughty and bursting with raw power: this is one of the most technically adept animations ever made, and represents a milestone in the development of an international style of animation on par with the Art Deco movement. Two long-legged nymphs are doggedly pursued by a horny young man through myriad landscapes

The Idea – Berthold Bartosch : 1932 / 30min

Bartosch was one of the essential three people who made Lotte Reinneger’s “Adventure of Prince Achmed”.. A man contemplates the eternal stars and miraculously gives birth to a utopian dream, an “Idea” in the form of a naked angelic woman. She leads him to spread her message to the people, which results ultimately in his execution by firing squad. The “Idea” continues to spread, leading to revolt, then recrimination, then revolt again.. its message being unstoppable.

The Nose – Alexieff : 1963 / 11min

An adaptation of a Gogol short story, a man wakes to discover that his nose has disappeared from his face, only to rediscover it later in a loaf of bread. An absurdist tale that prefigures Kafka’s style of indiscriminate misfortune. Alexieff’s pin-board technique was a prefiguring of digital imaging, using thousand of retractable pins on a large board surface. Incredible.

The Hand – Jiri Trinka : 1965 / 18min

A simple potter who wishes to do nothing other than make flower pots is continuously harassed by a giant all pervading hand. Cajoling the poor artisan to make a likeness of itself, its tactics becoming increasingly aggressive. Trnka was most famous for his puppet animation for children, “The Hand” was made with Stalin in mind, and it was banned until recent times.

The Tell Tale Heart – Ted Parmelee : 1953 / 7.40min

Vincent Price narrates this beautifully rendered UPA studio animation of the classic tale by Edgar Allen Poe., Stylish 50’s graphics and sublime menace.

and more!!!


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December 3rd
Werner Herzog Documentary Double Feature
Two Portraits of Women.

When one thinks of Herzog, one usually thinks of tales of deranged “men of action” trying to conquer nature and subsequently destroying themselves. Whether dragging boats up mountains or trying to find communion with wild bears. These two stories on the other hand are about women, people of sound mind, overcoming the unsolicited catastrophes of life with an uncommon courage. They are my current favourites of his Documentary oeuvre.

Lands of Silence and Darkness ; 1971 : 85min

Emotionally powerful journey into the work of deaf/blind spokeswoman and advocate Fini Straubinger and her crusade to save other deaf/blind people from their solitary prisons. We learn of the agony faced by those, ignored and shunned, and left alone in their abyss, and experience the liberating effects of a shared language and community.

Wings of Hope ; 2000 : 60min

In 1972 LANSA flight 508 disintegrated in midair, scattering its bulk and human cargo for miles through the Peruvian Amazon. Only one teenage girl, Juliane Koepcke, survived the crash, and was left to fend for herself through the jungle, into eventual safety. During that exact time Herzog was travelling a parallel path through the jungle in his filming of “Aguirre; the Wrath of God”. 30 years later, Herzog brings Juliane back to the scene of the crash, to trace her path through the jungle, and to discover the crumbling remains of the craft. A courageous and moving journey into the painful process of remembering.


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December 10th
The Cremator – Juraj Herz
1969 / 100min

Beginning in a Zoo and ending in a Mausoleum. We are led, lectured and dominated by Kopfrkingl , the manipulative, and increasingly menacing Master Cremator in a town during the first phase of the Nazi occupation Whilst being guided through the finer points of the death rites, the film explores the complicity of sympathisers and opportunists with the new regime. More incisively though, our protagonist slides into a murderous and delusional state, imagining himself as the Dalai Lama, expounding a philosophy of death as liberation, whilst being groomed as the architect of the ovens of Dachau. A key film of the Czech “New Wave” and key peer of Jan Svankmajer. If you missed this film during the Melbourne Cinemateques Czech New Wave retrospective, don’t miss this film again.

Manager / Curator :
Dean McInerney
Contributing Researchers :
Lucien Spector
Nikolai Gladanac
Patrick O’Brien


STAY TUNED FOR THE OTHER “TWO-THIRDS” OF THE SEASON

COMING SOON

A focus on Mary Ellen Bute, Norman McLaren and Oskar Fishinger ,  Roger Corman’s “The  Intruder”, “Ace in the Hole”, a Survey of East European Animation,  Silent Comedy shorts,  ‘Hellzapoppin”, Jean Painleve and other Scientific film marvels. Pabst’s “Three Penny Opera”, Berlin 80’s Super-8 retrospective. Post Punk / New Wave revisited, and a special screening of films presented by “Sunshine and Grease”…. etc etc

Shadows @ ABC

For those who don’t know, or haven’t been to ABC Gallery, its a great cinema venue which is open for anybody who wishes to organise film launches, or even a programme of Screenings. Timecapsules is neighbours with SHADOWS which is another programme of films.  Doors open at 7.30 every friday til the 27th November. I can personally vouch for every film on the programme as deserving your loving eyeballs.

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WINTER COLLECTION 2008

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , on April 14, 2008 by Dean Mc

127 Campbell Street  Collingwood

8.45 Start with suprise short afterward

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17 April SKULJACI PERJA (Feather Gatherer)

Director Alexandra Petrovica,Yugoslavia 1968
A torrid tragicomedy about the Roma (Gypsies) which exposes the dark side of poverty, oppresion and religion. Bora trades in goose feathers in Serbia, as does Mirta, whose stepdaughter, Tisa, Bora craves despite being married. Mirta also desires Tisa and eventually tries to rape her. After struggle, disillusionment and murder Bora and Tisa finally flee as a couple, protected by the Roma. A lyrical movie encapsulating the heartaching beauty and transience of Romany existence.

24 April THE INNOCENTS

Director Jack Clayton, UK 1961
Based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, this is a stunning low-key ghost story. A governess, Miss Giddens, is hired by the uncle of his orphaned nephew and niece to look after them, without bothering him. All the cast are strange but the smooth and creepy Miles is a stand out. The children are obsessed with the recently deceased valet and the late governess. Perversion, suicide and innuendo lace a subtle vision of secret communications with an evil underworld, or is it all in Miss Giddens head? A struggle with evil that leads to a devastating conclusion.

2 May THE STONE TAPE

Director Peter Sasdy, UK 1972
If these walls could talk… They do more than that when a group of corporate scientists clod hop into a country manor house to work on the next communications revolution. But crawling through the cracks of the Dr Who set and slinking beneath the blustery acting is an idea that can stop you in your tracks like a manor house rat. A typical serve of ingenuity and creepiness from writer Nigel Kneale.

9 May IDI I SMOTRI (Come and See)

Director Ellem Klimov, USSR 1985
Farm boy Florya tries to make it through each day intact as the blitzkrieg eviscerates the land and people around him. There are moments of fascination in the great Russian forests, even some eroticism, but these are fleeting as the nazi machine finds its way into every last quiet place. Still a teenager at the end of the flim, Florya seems to have aged a hundred years as he confronts an image of the cause of this hell on earth. A film that holds its anger like a newborn child.

16May SLACKER

Director Richard Linklater, USA 1991
Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its younger social outcasts and misfits, using a series of linear vignettes which move from one point of physical contact to the next. The characters social disjunction melds with the seamless movement of life scenes. Highlights include a UFO buff who insists the US has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna’s pap smear and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber.

23 May MARTIN

Director George A. Romero, USA 1978
Is Martin a vampire or just an awkward teenager? He does attack people for their blood but he also walks around in daylight delivering groceries. George Romero drained the ritual and eroticism from vampires just as he had removed the voodoo from the zombies in his landmark Night of the Living Dead. In both cases he used the horror genre as a starting point for bitter social commentary.

30 May SEDOTTA E ABBANDONATA
          (Seduced and Abandoned)

Director Pietro Germi, Italy 1964
Shotgun weddings, kidnapping, attempted murder, emergency dental work -the things Don Vincenzo will do to restore his family’s honor! Seduced and Abandoned was the follow-up to Germi’s Divorce Italian Style, and in many ways is even more audacious – a rollicking yet raw series of escalating comic calamities that ensue in a small village when sixteen-year-old Agnese loses her virginity at the hands of her sister’s lascivious fiance. Merciless and mirthful, Seduced and Abandoned skewers Sicilian social custom

6 June DESPERATE REMEDIES

Directors Stewart Main and Peter Wells, NZ 1993
A wonderfully camp and lusty production filmed in staged sets. In the 19th century New Zealand town of Hope elegant and attractive Dorothea has a sister, Rose, addicted to opium and her boyfiend/supplier. Dorothea hires a handsome immigrant, Lawrence, to lure Rose away from this relationship. But Dorothea and Lawrence grow attracted to each other. Dorothea already has a ‘suitor’ in Anne, who sensing a rival, pushes her into a marriage of convenience. A vivid and gay melodrama.

13 June KYUA (Cure)

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan 1997
A series of baffling murders, a detective whose life is imploding from stress, and a softly spoken drifter who exudes a strange charisma are the ingredients of this troubling urban fable from Kyoshi (don’t call him Akira) Kurosawa. The cure of the title is as dreadful as it is subtle.

20 June WESELE (The Wedding)

Director Andrzej Wajda, Poland 1973
Set at the turn of the century during one night and based on the play by Stanislaw Wyspianski, the film concerns a Polish poet who has decided to marry a peasant girl. The wedding is attended by a heterogenous group of people from all strata of Polish society, who dance, get drunk and lament Poland’s division between Russia, Prussia, and Austria. The bridegroom, a painter friend and a journalist each in turn is confronted with spectres of Polish past. In the end a call to arms is called but turns out to be a farce. A confined, painterly satire on oppression.

27 June PHASE IV

Director Saul Bass, USA 1974
Saul Bass is best known for his movie poster work and title design for Alfred Hitchcock but his second and only major feature film is Phase IV, a wonderfully photographed and metaphorical film that lurches from B grade horror to profound metaphysics. Dealing with the nature of fascism, evolution and humanity it confronts an alien, elevated mass mind – in the form of altered ants. Transformed by cosmic bombardment they begin to etch mathematical patterns in the soil and freak their investigators out…

4 July DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE
        (Cemetary Man)

Director Michele Soavi, Italy 1994
The girl of Francesco’s (Rupert Everett) dreams is murdered after their consummation. Then it happens again. And again. Between that and dispatching the increasing parade of the living dead who are crawling out of their graves at the cemetery where he works life gets tough. Michele Soavi serves up comedy, creepiness, violence and even romance before slamming on the brakes for one of the horror genre’s strangest endings.

LATE SUMMER PROGRAMME JANUARY – MARCH 2008

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2008 by Dean Mc

18th January – 21st March

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18th January

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens – Mayles Brothers / 1972 100 min

In the shadow of Camelot stands the Grey Gardens. Inside this overgrown estate in East Hampton, Long Island, mother and daughter “Big” and “Little” Edie Bouvier Beale are caught in a time tunnel of regret and fantasy. Their once beautiful 28 room shingle mansion declined to such a state that after a National Enquirer story the Health Department threatened its closure. Close cousins Jaqueline Onassis Kennedy and her sister Lee Radizwell intervened, had it cleaned and saved the day. In the wake of this, Albert and David Mayles spent most of a year, assisting and documenting the fabric of these two women’s lives, amidst defecating cats and fleas. At once tragic and full of wit and spirit, Grey Gardens is a rare film portrait, a snapshot of the faded halcyon of fallen aristocrats, those rare types that even decay with a sense of style.

25th January

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Bigger than Life – Nicholas Ray / 1956 95min

James Mason stars as Ed Avery, family man and school teacher, self-bound to the task of providing his family with a suburban lifestyle he cannot afford. Secretly taking a second job to make ends meet Ed precipitates a rare and potentially fatal coronary disease that strikes him down. The experimental steroid Cortisone that is used to save him becomes the vessel for a dark journey into the heart of 1950’s America. Hysterically terrified of death, Ed binges on the substance till he becomes addled with a psychopathic rage causing him to terrorise his family. Ray’s searing critique of the nuclear family, patriarchy and materialism passed cleverly under the censor’s radar due to such devices as its “drug-message” and it’s seemingly saccharine ending.

1st February

Experimental Music Documentaries

Two BBC Four documentaries exploring the life works of composers who have helped re-invent music in the 20th century.

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The Outsider / 2007 60min

Harry Partch was a celebrated young American composer whose mission was to bury classical musical conventions such as notation, scales, and even its instruments. He constructed his very own orchestra replete with instruments with which to pursue his unique micro-tonal composition. Partch’s career was railroaded by the Depression, when he became a Hobo drifting the continent for 10 years and only returning to his work in the 40’s.

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Alchemists of Sound / 2007 – 60min

Dick Mills, Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson were amongst numerous sonic experimenters, composers and engineers who worked at the BBC Radiophonics Workshop from 1958 til 1995. Hand-crafting sounds for such films, television and radio shows as “Quatermass”, “Doctor Who”, “The Goon Show”, “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and “Blake 7”. In the process they contributed immeasurably to the development of electronic and electro-acoustic sound.


8th February

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Danger Diabolik – Mario Bava / 1968 99min

An adaptation of the popular Italian comic book “Diabolik” which details the exploits of a master criminal who plunders both government and organised crime syndicates alike. John Philip Law, who played the blind angel in Roger Vadims’ “Barbarella”, sheds his wings and slips effortlessly into the black rubber and leather skin of an erotic demon. A superior comic book adaptation than “Barbarella”, Bava eschewed excessive dialogue and kept to the style of the graphic novel. Like Louis Feulliades “Fantomas” films which inspired the original comic-book character, Danger Diabolik gleefully revels in the pleasure of crime and destruction without any recourse to moralism.

15th Feb

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Kurotokage 黒蜥蝪 (Black Lizard) – Kinji Fukasaku / 1968 88min

Screen-written by Yukio Mishima and directed by the man who brought us “Battle Royale”, “Kurototage” features transvestite actor Akihiro Maruyama (now a voice behind Hayao Miyazaki’s animations) and music by Isao Tomita. “Kurotokage” parallels the same impious spirit and excess as “Danger Diabolik”, and was released the same year. The Black Lizard is a female arch fiend who has set her eyes on the great jewel the “Star of Egypt” and kidnaps the daughter of its owner. Tormented by her own fading beauty, she is obsessed with the eternal beauty of her shimmering prize. A cat and mouse game between the Black Lizard and the detective hired to save both daughter and diamond evolves into a type of seduction culminating in increasingly bizarre scenarios. The Black Lizard turns those whom she seduces into preserved artefacts that she can enjoy forever…

22nd February

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Boom! – Joseph Losey / 1968 110min

Joseph Losey was blacklisted by McCarthy’s HUAC for communist leanings and relocated to Britain, using pseudonyms to release films in his native country. His work ranged from the acclaimed “The Servant” through to the maligned “Modesty Blaise”. “Boom!” (aptly named after the crashing of waves on rocks) is perhaps the greatest blooper of his career, but that doesn’t stop it from being a foray into absolute excess. This insane rendition of “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” by Tennessee Williams features Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noel Coward as “the witch of Capri”. A fashion designers dream (or nightmare) and a cloying portrayal of wealth and evil. Outrageously pretentious, overblown and over-dressed, this film is considered one of the greatest flops of the 1960’s, earning back a fifth of the money spent on it and becoming almost completely buried. “Boom!” was performed by a cast of drunkards, which only partially explains its particular qualities. John Waters has extolled it as his biggest inspiration, and continues to tour with it right across the world. (See him lecture about it in the video below).

29th February

Animationfest – Best of Looney Toons 120min

Brian May (AKA DJ Delay of “Balkan Beasts”) purveyor of “Loony Toons” an ongoing mix-up of animation and music brings a selection of his favourite animations from his personal collection, this time in their entire original sonic glory.

Run Wrake – Idol (2005)
Sun Ra & Dumbo – Pink Elephants
Visions Of Frank – (Taruto Fuyama)
Konstantin Bronzit (2003) – The God
Ishu Patel (1977) – The Bead Game.
Fallen Art (Tomek Baginsky) 2004
Osvaldo Cavandoli – la linea (episode 120 & 110)
The Fly (oscar winner 1980)
Bill Plympton – 25 ways to quit smoking (1995).
Don Hertzfeldt – rejected

March 7th

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Brothers Quay Retrospective / 80min

Twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay have a keen eye for crumbling Victoriana, subtle emotional energies and a direct connection with the power of substances and objects. Their dream-like stop-motion films take a leaf from Czech and Polish animators such as Jan Svankmajer and Jan Lenica but take it to a more fetishistic and nightmarish level. This is a selection of films spanning their pure animation career before they embarked on producing drama features “Institute Benjamenta” and “Piano Tuner of Earthquakes”…

Nocturna Artificialia 1979 (21min)
Street of Crocodiles 1986 (20min)
Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer 1984 (14min)
Stille Nacht I / Dramolet 1988 (2min)
Anamorphosis 1991 (14min)
Stille Nacht III / Tales from the Vienna Woods 1992 (4min)

Video Clips for “His Name is Alive”
“Cant go Wrong Without You / Stille Nacht IV” and “Are we still married?”

March 14th

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The Saddest Music in the World – Guy Maddin / 2006 96min

Winnipeg, Canada, during the heights of the great depression is dubbed the most depressed city in the world. A beer baroness embittered by the loss of her two legs and the cruel machinations of love is the richest woman of the city. In order to increase sales she embarks on a giant promotional campaign, to invite musicians from all over the world to compete for the title of the “saddest music”. Maddins films are like entering into an imagined past of cinematic melodrama, Frank Capra meets Arnold Fanck meets the Kuchar Brothers. Ridiculous, imaginative and unique….

21st March

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Love and Anarchy- Lina Wertmuller / 1973 120min

Operatic, melancholic and warm spirited treatment of the ugly Fascist era of pre-war Italy. Turin a young peasant has taken on the task of assassinating Mussolini on behalf of Anarchist insurgents, and to avenge the murder of his father. He is deployed to take cover in a brothel under the wing of anarchist sympathising prostitute Salome until his opportunity has arrived. Racked equally by a lust for vengeance and fear of his inevitable death, Turin also realises that he has barely lived as he falls in love with a young prostitute. Wertmuller explores the painful territory where revolutionary ideals are eclipsed by totalitarian force, and attempts to express an emotionally feminine perspective on such loss.

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