Alfonso Cuar

How the richness of technology led to the poverty of imagination in American film today.

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Magical Realism

I suspect I am not the only person who was a bit surprised when it was first announced that Alfonso CuarĂ³n had been signed to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's (deservedly) ubiquitous novels. Yes, the Mexican-born director had helmed A Little Princess, a movie featuring a young protagonist who, like Harry, had lost her parents. But he had more recently (and more famously) directed Y Tu Mama Tambien, a sexually explicit film about the relationship between two teenage boys and an older woman.

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