By Michel Chion
Michel Chion is one of the movie students, all foreign, who focus on Kubrick. during this ebook he makes a speciality of one movie, Kubrick's arguable ultimate movie, and makes a declare that Eyes huge close is between Kubrick's masterpieces.
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