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Film Review: Ping Pong Summer

Film Review: Ping Pong Summer

Directed by Michael Tully Showing at The Charles June 6 and 7 Perhaps every decade gets the ambitious tracking shot it deserves. In the 1950s, Orson Welles complicated film noir's black-and-white morality with the subjectively baroque single-take opening to Touch of Evil. The 1960s had Jean-Luc Godard's car accident money shot to the epic traffic jam in Weekend; the '70s, an adorably blotto Harvey Keitel careening through a party to the Chips' "Rubber Biscuit" in Mean Streets. The '80s ended with Brian de Palma following Bruce Willis' self-satisfied writer from limousine to book launch in The Bonfire of the Vanities (which flopped in 1990). The...