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absolute not as he dreams up wonderfully subtle comedy in swrrnmrnr; pools. fish markets and lrtts, ably zssrsted by' the rnasterlyr rand drsgr‘aeetully/ undervaluedr Benedict Wong. That the DVD has no extras rs the only' drsar)porntrnent. You susper:t that Sean Just eouldn't be arsed. (Brian Donaldson)



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If anyone ever ‘.'.rrrtes a book about poems adapted for the (interim. you (:an be sure it'll be a slim volume. Taking; up a chapter or two would be Adrian Sinclair‘s 1971 version of the Irte-rna day ode to a fictional Welsh Village written by Dylan Thomas in 1913-1 and much snrggered at rn Classrooms ey'er

Like the original, the film rs a lusty and funny caricature. both loving and satirical. but it's also stagy and over- lrteral. Its strength rs as an ensemble piece. which makes nonsense ot the star billing for a preposterous Elizabeth Taylor" and a bizarrely enigmatic Richard Burton. File under qun‘ky. (Mark Frsherl



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' .. ' Clowns with attitude.

Fear not, this is not a cringeworthy take on the great Ice Cube movie. Nor is it a tale concerning the fall-out from Ronald McDonald being dropped in favour of Justin Timberlake round the Golden Arches. It's actually something altogether more peculiar.

Clowning is a new phenomenon that has caught the imagination of thousands of young people all over California. and in particular it has struck a chord with the young black residents of South Central LA. Superstar snapper David LaChapelle has brought his video camera to the projects to capture the action.

Clowning is a form of dancing, which is done to a hip hop soundtrack and marries the techniques of breaking, body popping, jiving and even stripper dancing, to wild effect. Moves are thrown together and quickened to a near violent pace. What is most appealing here is that the art of clowning has been adopted by many as a channel for frustrations and anger which otherwise would find an ultimately negative outlet. 80, they form groups and paint their faces in ostentatious style but the group is strictly anti- gangs, drugs and guns.

While the point is pretty much made in the opening few minutes, LaChapelle sensibly indulges us with extended sequences of the dancers battling it on the dancefloor; a thought that too infrequently occurs to documentary makers. We also get to meet the phenomenon's originator - Tommy the Clown - a former gangbanger who would look out of place in a circus. An odd, if uplifting tale of empowerment and expression despite crushing lack of opportunity. (Mark Robertson)

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