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A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

A Taiwanese epic that follows the violence and the sorrow that happens when the system fails you.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the Taiwanese epic A Brighter Summer Day (1991), directed by Edward Yang.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Yi-Yi (2000)
Roma (2018)
Citizen Kane
Atonement (2007)
West Side Story (1961)
Goodfellas (1990)
Heaven’s Gate (1980) (and Dana’s 2013 review)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
The Assassin
Moonlight (2016)

On the next episode: Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve (1941)

Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.