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Out of the underworld

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Derailment elegantly and playfully promises more than it delivers. No matter: its director deploys the cinema's oft-neglected strengths to explore the state of subway reverie. Ravishingly shot, with symphonically scored natural sound, it makes a woman imagine a love affair, then take the first promising, outrageous steps in pursuit.
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Keywords: Cocteau-esque; artistic process; meaning; role reversal; sexuality; underworld

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Columbia College Chicago, Professor Emeritus

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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