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Review: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5, Episode 3, Digs Into 'Russki Business'

18 January 2015 6:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Previously: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5, Episode 2 Gets Closer to Modern Times Upstairs We open on Mary's bed of sin: She and Gillingham have spent the week driving round Cheshire and exploring Liverpool's fine dining options. And presumably having a lot of sex, because there's no way all of that takes a week. He's desperate to get married, but Mary doesn't see the need to rush things. "Nothing is going to happen that isn't properly announced, organized and executed." Actually, having sex with Lady Mary is probably a lot like facing a firing squad. It's terrifying, no one smiles and occasionally you die. Back at Downton, Edith isn't buying Mary's "sketching trip" for a second, but she also doesn't care because she's spending every spare minute with Marigold. Mrs. Drewe is increasingly unhappy, at one point thinking that Edith has stolen Marigold in a moment that screams "foreshadowing alert!" And, »

- Kaite Welsh

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Film Review: ‘Joy of Man’s Desiring’

15 January 2015 12:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It is not the titular Bach cantata, heard only fleetingly, but the thrumming of factory equipment that drives Quebecois helmer Denis Cote’s austere contemplation of the bizarre symbiosis of humans and machines at work. This fiercely abstract piece neither celebrates the value of labor nor denounces it as dehumanizing exploitation: Static, strikingly composed documentary stretches are interspersed with actors playing workers who voice a variety of complaints, appreciations and parables that deliberately, even pointedly, fail to encompass the sense of being there amid the unfolding spectacle. Definitely not for the narrative-minded, “Joy of Man’s Desiring” will please if not swell the ranks of Cote admirers.

Jessica Lee Gagne’s camera stays locked on assorted hammering behemoths, then slowly moves in closer, culminating with a shot of a contraption that looks like nothing so much as a giant mechanized cocktail shaker. Nothing seems even remotely state-of-the-art about these clumsy, »

- Ronnie Scheib

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Denis Cote's Spare and Elegant Joy of Man's Desiring Is an Illuminating Labor Portrait

13 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Cinema's fascination with labor can be traced to the art form's very beginning: The Lumière brothers' first film, Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895), shows men and women, lunch pails in hand, streaming out of a warehouse. The imprint of this 45-second-long actualité is evident in myriad works, whether fact or fiction, that focus on the daily grind: from Charlie Chaplin's slapstick Modern Times (1936) to George Abbott and Stanley Donen's 1957 movie musical The Pajama Game (which Jean-Luc Godard, whose films from the 1960s often riffed on Marx's theories of alienated labor, hailed as "the first left-wing operetta") to Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death (2005), a globe-spanning documentary on some of the worst jobs »

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