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Under the Sun - Under The Sun

Under the Sun - Under The Sun

Release Date: 2006-11-06, Audio CD, Magna Carta

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The Sun [2004] [DVD]

The Sun [2004] [DVD]

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English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN
(1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Filmographies,
Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Trailer(s),
SYNOPSIS: The predictably unreliable Russian
filmmaker Alexander Sokurov has shot this
wonderfully eccentric and fascinating film about
the last days of Emperor Hirohito's reign as if it
were a science-fiction film. And indeed, the
otherworldly Hirohito (Issey Ogata) certainly does
suggest a somewhat less cuddlesome E. T., both in
his alienation from the quotidian world (the
coddled emperor can barely dress himself) and in
his relationship with his nominally more human
protector, in this case General MacArthur (Robert
Dawson). Shot in 35 millimeter in the filmmaker's
preferred brackish tones, "The Sun" traces
Hirohito as he wanders about his compound engaged
in meaningless rituals and surrounded by minders
who are as much his guards as his servants. In one
of the most revelatory scenes, Hirohito, an
amateur scientist, dons a white lab coat to
examine the pickled remains of a hermit crab. As
he waxes poetic about this pathetic pale specimen,
there can be no doubt that the emperor - an
all-too-human man raised as a god - is effectively
staring into a mirror. Mr. Ogata, whose mouth
incessantly opens and shuts as if the emperor were
nothing more than a very costly pet carp, is
mesmerizing. This is the third in a trilogy of
films about dictators by Mr. Sokurov, who remains
best known here for the technological marvel
"Russian Ark." More approachable and certainly far
more enjoyable than the first films in the
trilogy, "Moloch" (about Hitler) and "Taurus"
(Lenin), "The Sun" envisions Hirohito as somewhat
of a victim of history without ever suggesting
that the emperor should be excused for the role he
played in the tragedy of war...The Sun ( Solntse )
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The Sun also surprises

AdvantagesSuccessful, professional, knows its market

DisadvantagesBrash, trivial, scurrilous, simplistic, self-congratulatory

"...prejudiced than I am against The Sun newspaper. I hardly ever see The Sun in the usual way of things, let alone read it, yet if you asked me to describe it I would have no difficulty in trotting out at least a dozen derogatory adjectives, the most polite of which you will see listed as "Disadvantages" in the summary points above. The fact that The Sun is part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire only serves to redouble my bias against it. The trouble ..." Read review
28.05.2005

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The Sun no longer shines out of Murdochs a**! Review with images

AdvantagesPeoples rag

DisadvantagesLies and waffle?

"The decision to shut down the News of the World was the right one. They had gone too far. They were drowning in their search for exclusives and prepared to do everything to get them. They had pi**ed off too many important people. They can't compete with the loose cannon the internet is on that. They only stopped hacking voice mail because the phone companies closed the loophole, and if they hadn't they would be still doing it. It was a cheap and a ..." Read review
09.07.2011

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Are You Brave Enough To Admit You Love It?

AdvantagesIt's funny, stupid, filled with celebrity gossip, agony aunt and beautiful women.

DisadvantagesPeople look down on those who read it

"The Sun newspaper is described as the "people's paper" and as the number 1 newspaper in the country, it came as quite a shock when i realised so many people look down on you for reading it. After a considerable period of time debating why this is, i came to the conclusion that people are either just ashamed to admit that they like it or they're total prudes. I agree with people's opinions that it isn't the most educational reading available and i ..." Read review
19.05.2005

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"...is a half-truth, something that the Sun appears to be an authority on, if their headlines and editorial is anything to go by. I do indeed buy the Sun newspaper (sorry for offending you by calling it that) at the outrageous price of 45 pence, (Irish, inclusive of VAT) each and every Saturday, but purely and simply for their free magazine called the "TV Mag". The rest of the so-called newspaper I invariably bin at the earliest opportunity, although ..." Read review
10.09.2001

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The Sun Best for Big Brother

Advantagesgood read

Disadvantagesnone

"...was 1968 or 1969 that the Sun was first published and at the time it was about the only paper that was doing the page 3 girls. It has now become the nations best selling paper and that more than anything tells you how the Empire has fallen,so what is in The Sun... Well your front page usually a girl on the front to entice us shallow males to buy it with a title like Madonna gets them out for the Band..Then its much the same throughout the ..." Read review
27.07.2001

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