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Sunday, December 03, 2006

India's progress helped films to be noticed globally: Amitabh ...

The burgeoning economic progress of the country has given a huge fillip to Indian films globally, Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan has said. "I always believed that when a country does well economically, everything about it gets noticed - its dress, culture, language and the films", the 64-year-old actor said on Friday evening in London while launching the album of his latest film Babul , which will have a world premiere on December 8. .

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Wichita Film Festivals Inc. is hosting a mini film festival of four rarely seen classics to celebrate the 100th birthday of Louise Brooks, who left Wichita as an ambitious teen dancer and became an international cinema icon of the Jazz Age. All films will be shown in the Murdock Theatre in the 20th Century Center, 536 N. Broadway. The Thursday and Friday films begin at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday double feature begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 general admission, $5 students and seniors and $4 members. Brooks' nephew and niece, Dan Brooks and Roseanna Brooks of Wichita, will be special guests at Friday's screening and will speak with audience members beforehand. THURSDAY "Diary of a Lost Girl" (1929) German director G.W.

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TV and art films

Made in Japan. For aficionados of the Japanese cinema, there's plenty to marvel at again this week, mostly on IFC, where Akira Kurosawa's milestone Rashomon (1950; 6:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. Saturday) and the second chapter of Kinji Fukasaku's epic The Yakuza Papers: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973; noon Friday and 3:15 a.m. Saturday) which adds martial arts legend Sonny Chiba to its cast air. The cable network also adds Kon Ichikawa's Fires on the Plain (1959; 3:20 p.m. today), a grueling but also humanist examination of war's degrading effect on its pawns, the foot soldiers. Rarer still is Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Face of Another (1966; 2 a.m. Monday), which has its TV premiere on Turner Classic Movies. Starring Tatsuya Nakadai (Ran) as a disfigured man who receives a lifelike mask, the film is one of many Japanese movies that place post-Hiroshima existential isolation within a science-fictional context.

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