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January 2001 | Issue 31
Editorial
By Gary Morris
Articles
By Gary Morris
"La dolce vita" is more bitter than sweet in these razor-sharp rarities
By Gary Morris
Japanese silent films are no longer silent in this fabulous — and expensive — DVD-ROM
SPECIAL ISSUE: Bright Lights’ Hong Kong issue (#13, 1994)

Reprinted complete!
By Roger Garcia
HK's martial arts film stylishly bridge time, space, and now cultures
By Sek Kei
A comprehensive look at a seminal decade in one of the world's great cinemas
By Sek Kei & Rolanda Chu & Grant Foerster
Hong Kong's martial arts madness in legend, history, and, oh yeah, the movies
By Craig D. Reid
Jackie spills his guts — this time verbally
By Jillian Sandell
Among their thrills, Woo’s homoerotic bullet ballets offered welcome distraction from 1997’s doomsday scenarios
By Rolanda Chu
Two HK classics blur — make that erase — gender boundaries with thrilling results
By Jillian Sandell
Hong Kong's master of balletic blood 'n bulletplay speaks!
Movies
By Alan Vanneman
What’s black and white and simply reeks with class?
By Gary Morris
A 19-year-old newcomer and a middle-aged veteran steal the show from two legends of Hong Kong cinema
By Gary Morris
A grim intersection of homophobia and hysteria ruins two men’s lives
By Gary Morris
The latest attempt at a "gay crossover date movie" almost succeeds
By Gary Morris
Like the macho dancers it portrays, this uneasy mix of melodrama and realism never quite gets it up
By Gary Morris
Soldier by day, tranny slut by night
By Gary Morris
A pristine transfer of one of the Bard’s most gothic — and gayest, in Olivier’s hands — works
By Gary Morris
Wendy Hiller triumphs in this fine 1938 film of Shaw’s masterpiece
By Gary Morris
Is Tom Neal’s Al Roberts really Fate’s Plaything or just the ultimate pushy buttom?
By Gary Morris
Schoolboys on strike, farting contests, and a mysteriously acquired washer make up the world of this Japanese classic
By Gary Morris
A tacky theatrical troupe finds fun and romance — and occasionally a paycheck — on the road in Fellini’s classic
By Gary Morris
The "moment" is both defined and celebrated in this exceptional documentary
Festivals
By Cleo Cacoulidis
A heady tour of recent Russian cinema from one of Europe’s oldest festivals
Recent Posts

Margaret Lockwood in The Man in GreyOne of the great Gainsborough melodramas, in the longer UK cut, on the always accommodating (if sometimes only temporarily) YouTube. Margaret Lockwood is as "wicked" here as she is in Wicked Lady. Watch it before the copyright police come a-callin'!

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Gordon Thomas, and other BL staff, check out the eye- popping pleasures of Blu-Ray.

» Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair)
» The General (Keaton)
» Sunrise (Murnau)
» 8-1/2 (Fellini)
» Playtime (Tati)
» Winstanley (Brownlow & Mollo)
» Permissive (Shonteff)
» Lola Montes (Ophuls)
» My Childhood, My Ain Folk ... (Bill Douglas)
» In the Realm of the Senses (Oshima)
» Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney)
» Repulsion (Polanski)
» Institute Benjamenta (Brothers Quay)
» Everlasting Moments (Troell)

BL Associate Editor Alan Vanneman and others watch (and review) television shows so you don't have to. Click if you dare.

» 30 Rock
» The American President
» Archer
» Batman: The Animated Series
» The Big Bang Theory
» Broadway Theatre Archive
» Car 54, Where Are You?
» Charlie’s Angels
» Cowboy Bebop
» Death of a Salesman
» Dollhouse
» Freaks and Geeks
» Have Gun Will Travel
» Mad Men
» Magnum P.I.
» Monk
» Pamela Anderson Roast
» PBS
» Renegade
» Sex and the City
» Sports Night
» Star Trek

I'm sick of movies, Mr. Webmaster. Take me away!

» Archive.org
Gazillions of free books, audio, and video. Grab 'em before the copyright police come knocking!

» Glenn Greenwald
The indomitable civil liberties champion takes exception to American exceptionalism. You will too when you read his blistering analyses.

» Project Gutenberg
See Archive.org.

» Creative Commons
"All Creative Commons licenses have many important features in common. Every license helps creators retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work — at least non-commercially."

» The Ivy Compton-Burnett home page
A Bright Lights side project created by George Brown devoted to the greatest novelist of the 20th century. There, we said it.

» Raw Vision
The leading online site (and print publication) devoted to those zany untrained artists who channel personality quirks, neuroses, idées fixes, and downright craziness into Art.

» Siklink.com
An endlessly fascinating clearinghouse for "the greatest hand-picked collection of bizarre, strange and unusual websites on the internet today." Highlights include the enchanting "Prison Bitch Name Generator" and "Life Gem" – how to "turn your deceased loved one into a diamond."

» Clark Ashton Smith
The premier fantasy poet and short-story writer (and sculptor and artist) gets a detailed blog that's a model for intelligent fan-ism. Watch out for falling curmudgeons in the forum.

» Classic Arcade Games
Miss Asteroids? Centipede? Frogger? Miss that you missed them? Here's your chance to enjoy the state of the art circa 1980s.

» Jack Vance
Wikipedia's gateway to our favorite writer in and of science fiction and fantasy. A national treasure.

» Electronic Frontier Foundation
"EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations." Go EFF!

» The Canonical List of Weird Band Names: The Peculiar and the Profane
Another Bright Lights side project from the inimitable George Brown. You probably know the Meat Puppets but how about Lyin' Bitch and the Restraining Orders?

» James Purdy
A good introduction to a criminally neglected postwar literary master. Be 21 or be gone for his gorgeous, harrowing works, kids.

» The Radical Ant Farm
This page answers that nagging question: "What's up with the Russian criminal tattoos?" The rest of the site offers further fun.

» Spectro-Pop
Monumental site devoted to '60s pop music – you know, that stuff playing in the background during the orgy.

» The Left Business Observer
Doug Henwood's long-running economics newsletter, called "invaluable" by Noam Chomsky. Need we say more?

» Jane Bowles
Go to Wikipedia and improve this "stub" on the writer Tennessee Williams looked up to and James Purdy called "the eagle-woman of American letters."

» WFMU
The best online radio station for our money. A deep archive and no-music-turned-away policy will keep you rollin' and tumblin' till the apocalypse.

» Henry Green
Must we create a detailed tribute page to this extraordinary British novelist championed by Auden, Updike, and Terry Southern? Or will you do it? Start with Concluding (1948).

» Women of Surrealism
They weren't all "muses" and maids – these women equaled or surpassed their more celebrated male counterparts in vision and technique.

» Ronald Firbank
He called the president of Haiti "a perfect dear" and was known to eat a single pea at dinner. Oh, and he ranks with Joyce and Woolf (see Edmund Wilson) as a groundbreaking literary modernist.

» Essential Vermeer
Everything you need to know about the Dutch master of light and mysterious figures.

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