New on Video – Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, Part 2

Dry Summer

Written by Metin Erksan, Kemal Inci and Ismet Soydan

Directed by Metin Erksan

Turkey, 1964


Written and directed by Ahmed El Maânouni

Morocco, 1981

The Housemaid

Written by Kim Ki-young (screenplay by Kim Jeong-sook)

Directed by Kim Ki-young

South Korea, 1960

The three titles rounding out The Criterion Collection set showcasing six films preserved and newly remastered through Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project are markedly different, not only from each other, but from the three features covered last week in this column. Dry Summer, Trances, and The Housemaid maintain a strong sense of cultural identification and examination, but opposed to the previous three films, which exist somewhere between “docu-fiction” and a slightly indefinite art house categorization, these movies fall more in line with standard generic conventions. That is not to say, however, that they are in any way conventional. Within the recognizable forms of, roughly, the melodrama, the musical documentary,
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