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2046 DVD | Mesmerize - System of a Down | The Crucible

Issue No. 1953

A scence from 2046

A scence from 2046

Directed by Wong Kar Wai
DVD out this week

2046 stands for many things. It is a year in the future, a place to recover lost memories, a train and the title of a novel. It is also a room number in Wong Kar Wai’s previous film, In the Mood for Love.

With its style somewhere between a time travel fantasy and a 1920s love story this is a brilliant film about love — looking for it, remembering it and getting it wrong.

Maggie Diarra

System of a Down
Columbia Records

Few bands as left wing as System of a Down have enjoyed the level of mainstream success achieved by this second generation Armenian quartet.

The band attended a recent award ceremony with band members dressed as George Bush and Osama Bin Laden and holding hands as they walked on stage.

In the first single taken from on Mesmerize, “B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bombs)”, Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian end with a frenetic appeal during the outro: “Why don’t presidents fight the war? Why do we always send the poor?” It is simply incendiary.

“Sad Statue” veers from eulogy to raging condemnation. The song takes the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of the waywardness of the American Dream and the disenfranchised generation left behind.

Trevor Byrne

The Crucible
London Oratory Arts Centre
020 8946 2263, £10/£8 1-4 June

The Crucible is probably Arthur Miller’s best known play. He uses the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, to reflect the McCarthy anti-left trials of his day.

And it still has a huge resonance today, with the “war on terror” meaning that rumour is often taken as fact. This is a play which is always worth seeing.

Rose Gruber

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Sat 28 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1953
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