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Godfrey Cheshire

Godfrey Cheshire is a New York–based critic and filmmaker whose writings about Edward Yang and Taiwanese cinema have appeared in the New York Times, Film Comment, and other publications.

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A Brighter Summer Day: Coming of Age in Taipei
A Brighter Summer Day: Coming of Age in Taipei

Edward Yang’s masterful 1991 adolescent epic telegraphs the tensions and turbulence of 1960s Taiwan, when youth pop culture and teen street gangs became a major societal force.

By Godfrey Cheshire

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Certified Copy: At Home and Abroad
Certified Copy: At Home and Abroad

Iranian master director Abbas Kiarostami voyaged to Italy to make a film that questions love, relationships, and Western art cinema.

By Godfrey Cheshire

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Close-up: Prison and Escape
Close-up: Prison and Escape

In the autumn of 1989, the Iranian magazine Sorush printed a story about an unusual crime: a poor man had been arrested for impersonating a celebrated film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, to a middle-class family in northern Tehran. Although the accu…

By Godfrey Cheshire

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Ride with the Devil: Apocalypse Then
Ride with the Devil: Apocalypse Then

Just over halfway through Ang Lee’s masterful Civil War drama Ride with the Devil, the small group of men at the story’s center, young, Southern-sympathizing Bushwhackers fighting in divided Missouri, meet up with other ragtag bands of rebels.…

By Godfrey Cheshire

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The “Demonic Charisma” of Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter is the film I’ve seen more than any other. I guess you could say I was obsessed with it for a spell. I saw it first during its premiere New York run in late 1970. Back home in North Carolina shortly thereafter, I followed it through t…

By Godfrey Cheshire


Bicycle Thieves:
A Passionate Commitment to the Real

Viewed in retrospect, much of modern cinema can seem to flow from twin fountainheads: Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948). Though separated by World War II, the two movies symbolize the cardinal impuls…

By Godfrey Cheshire


Taste of Cherry
Taste of Cherry

In Abbas Kiarostami’s universe, it might be said, there are no things, only relations between things. Likewise, in his cinema: no films, only relations between films—and within them. And between them and us.Three and one. The most celebrated of I…

By Godfrey Cheshire

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