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martin_NP
scorsese_JJ
's_POS
films_NNS
used_VBN
to_IN
intimidate_VB
me_NN
._.
because_CS
of_IN
his_PP$
reputation_NN
,_,
i_PP
felt_VBD
obligated_VBN
to_IN
appreciate_VB
them_PP
as_IN
deep_JJ
film_NN
art_NN
rather_RB
than_CS
as_CS
great_JJ
flicks_VBZ
._.
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
i_PP
enjoyed_VBD
them_PP
,_,
i_PP
usually_RB
felt_VBD
like_IN
i_PP
missed_VBD
something_PN
._.
i_PP
learned_VBD
from_IN
scorsese_JJ
's_POS
casino_NN
that_CS
whatever_WDT
techniques_NNS
he_PP
uses_VBZ
are_BER
merely_RB
there_RB
to_IN
enhance_VB
the_DT
story_NN
._.
no_DT
mystical_JJ
interpretation_NN
is_BEZ
required_VBN
to_IN
appreciate_VB
his_PP$
movies_NNS
._.
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
in_IN
casino_NN
he_PP
uses_VBZ
subtitles_VBZ
when_CS
robert_NP
deniro_NP
and_CC
joe_NP
pesci_???
are_BER
using_VBG
code_NN
words_NNS
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
there_EX
was_BEDZ
no_DT
meaning_NN
more_DT
exotic_JJ
than_CS
that_DT
subtitles_VBZ
were_BED
the_DT
most_DT
succinct_JJ
way_NN
for_IN
him_PP
to_IN
tell_VB
the_DT
audience_NN
what_WDT
was_BEDZ
really_RB
going_VBG
on_IN
._.
or_CC
toward_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
when_CS
he_PP
uses_VBZ
three_CD
quick_JJ
dissolves_VBZ
to_TO
compress_VB
a_DT
scene_NN
of_IN
a_DT
car_NN
backing_NN
away_RB
from_IN
a_DT
building_NN
._.
again_RB
,_,
the_DT
simple_JJ
,_,
mundane_JJ
explanation_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
helped_VBD
the_DT
pacing_VBG
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
mean_VB
to_IN
say_NN
that_CS
his_PP$
techniques_NNS
are_BER
not_XNOT
creative_JJ
or_CC
good-looking_JJ
._.
but_CC
he_PP
simply_RB
uses_VBZ
the_DT
best_JJS
tool_NN
for_IN
the_DT
job_NN
._.
it_PP
shouldn't_???
have_HV
surprised_JJ
me_NN
,_,
then_RB
,_,
that_CS
kundun_???
,_,
a_DT
film_NN
about_IN
a_DT
mystical_JJ
religion_NN
,_,
actually_RB
turned_VBD
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
quite_RB
straightforward_JJ
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
follows_VBZ
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
the_DT
14th_CD
dalai_NP
lama_NP
,_,
the_DT
spiritual_JJ
and_CC
political_JJ
leader_NN
of_IN
tibet_NP
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
title_NN
is_BEZ
another_DT
name_NN
for_IN
the_DT
dalai_NP
lama_NP
which_WDT
means_VBZ
"_"
ocean_NN
of_IN
wisdom_NN
._.
"_"
his_PP$
story_NN
is_BEZ
told_VBN
in_IN
strict_JJ
chronological_JJ
order_NN
and_CC
there_EX
are_BER
only_RB
a_DT
few_DT
cinematic_JJ
visions_NNS
to_IN
embellish_VB
the_DT
literal_JJ
story_NN
._.
(_)
one_CD
of_IN
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
an_DT
interesting_JJ
statement_NN
:_:
pay_VB
attention_NN
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
opening_NN
shot_NN
and_CC
watch_VB
where_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
repeated_JJ
._.
)_)
we_PP
first_OD
glimpse_NN
the_DT
dalai_NP
lama_NP
when_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
two_CD
years_NNS
old_JJ
._.
his_PP$
curiosity_NN
and_CC
self-assuredness_NN
capture_NN
the_DT
attention_NN
of_IN
a_DT
monk_NN
wandering_VBG
in_IN
search_NN
of_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
lama_NP
._.
a_DT
test_NN
is_BEZ
arranged_VBN
to_IN
see_VB
if_CS
this_DT
boy_NN
really_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
reincarnation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
13_CD
dalai_NP
lamas_NP
who_WP
have_HV
gone_VBN
before_IN
._.
several_DT
items_NNS
belonging_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
previous_JJ
dalai_NP
lama_NP
are_BER
laid_VBN
before_IN
the_DT
boy_NN
alongside_IN
some_DT
other_JJ
items_NNS
._.
the_DT
child_NN
is_BEZ
asked_VBN
if_CS
he_PP
recognizes_VBZ
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
items_NNS
as_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
._.
the_DT
boy_NN
picks_VBZ
correctly_RB
,_,
proving_VBG
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
new_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
old_JJ
,_,
dalai_NP
lama_NP
._.
scorsese_JJ
and_CC
long-time_JJ
editor_NN
thelma_???
schoonmaker_NN
were_BED
kind_NN
enough_RB
to_IN
allow_VB
the_DT
possibility_NN
that_CS
the_DT
child_NN
was_BEDZ
taking_VBG
his_PP$
cues_???
from_IN
the_DT
monk_NN
._.
before_IN
selecting_VBG
an_DT
item_NN
,_,
he_PP
would_MD
look_VB
at_IN
the_DT
monk_NN
,_,
perhaps_RB
for_IN
some_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
confirmation_NN
._.
sometimes_RB
he_PP
picked_VBD
right_JJ
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
,_,
and_CC
sometimes_RB
he_PP
made_VBD
a_DT
second_NN
choice_NN
._.
either_RB
way_NN
,_,
whether_CS
through_IN
reincarnation_NP
or_CC
quick_JJ
human_JJ
perception_NN
,_,
the_DT
tibetans_NNS
were_BED
assured_VBN
of_IN
choosing_VBG
a_DT
boy_NN
who_WP
could_MD
be_BE
a_DT
wise_JJ
,_,
perceptive_JJ
leader_NN
._.
>from_NN
this_DT
point_NN
on_IN
,_,
the_DT
boy_NN
is_BEZ
raised_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
reincarnation_NP
of_IN
the_DT
lama_NP
's_POS
spirit_NN
and_CC
the_DT
future_NN
leader_NN
of_IN
a_DT
nation_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
weight_NN
to_IN
put_VB
on_IN
the_DT
mind_NN
of_IN
a_DT
child_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
it_PP
might_MD
be_BE
grounds_NNS
for_IN
a_DT
call_NN
to_IN
social_JJ
services_NNS
._.
but_CC
the_DT
young_JJ
lama_NP
accepts_VBZ
his_PP$
destiny_NN
without_IN
any_DT
apparent_JJ
emotional_JJ
damage_NN
._.
neither_RB
the_DT
great_JJ
power_NN
nor_CC
the_DT
awesome_JJ
responsibility_NN
keeps_VBZ
him_PP
from_IN
becoming_VBG
a_DT
genuinely_RB
likeable_JJ
,_,
well-rounded_JJ
person_NN
._.
certain_JJ
patterns_NNS
take_VB
shape_NN
over_IN
the_DT
years_NNS
._.
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
the_DT
dalai_NP
lama_NP
is_BEZ
fascinated_JJ
by_IN
technology_NN
._.
radios_NNS
,_,
clocks_NNS
,_,
and_CC
telescopes_NNS
are_BER
some_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
favorite_JJ
toys_NNS
._.
when_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
old_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
accept_VB
his_PP$
leadership_NN
,_,
he_PP
makes_VBZ
plans_NNS
to_IN
modernize_JJ
isolated_JJ
tibet_NP
._.
he_PP
also_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
soft_JJ
spot_NN
for_IN
creatures_NNS
who_WP
are_BER
suffering_VBG
or_CC
in_IN
pain_NN
,_,
including_IN
herd_NN
animals_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
nearly_RB
a_DT
running_JJ
gag_NN
that_CS
he_PP
will_MD
buy_VB
sheep_NN
to_IN
keep_VB
them_PP
from_IN
being_BEG
herded_VBN
to_IN
slaughter_NN
._.
but_CC
the_DT
most_DT
ominous_JJ
constant_JJ
throughout_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
presence_NN
and_CC
threat_NN
of_IN
tibet_NP
's_POS
gigantic_JJ
neighbor_NP
,_,
china_NP
._.
tibet_NP
and_CC
its_PP$
leaders_NNS
prove_VB
correct_JJ
in_IN
fearing_VBG
china_NP
,_,
as_CS
,_,
first_OD
the_DT
propaganda_NN
,_,
then_RB
the_DT
political_JJ
pressure_NN
,_,
and_CC
finally_RB
the_DT
armies_NNS
,_,
come_VB
across_IN
their_PP$
common_JJ
border_NN
._.
the_DT
chinese_JJ
invasion_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
successful_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
lama_NP
's_POS
life_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
danger_NN
if_CS
he_PP
stays_VBZ
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
ends_NNS
when_CS
,_,
after_IN
much_DT
agonizing_JJ
,_,
the_DT
dalai_NP
lama_NP
leaves_NNS
tibet_NP
for_IN
india_NP
._.
the_DT
story_NN
doesn't_DOZ
lead_VB
up_RP
to_IN
a_DT
cinematic_JJ
climax_NN
as_IN
strongly_RB
as_CS
most_DT
feature_NN
films_NNS
do_DO
._.
it_PP
just_RB
doesn't_DOZ
fit_JJ
that_CS
mold_???
._.
if_CS
it_PP
were_BED
forced_VBN
into_IN
such_DT
a_DT
shape_NN
it_PP
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
completely_RB
different_JJ
movie_NN
(_(
perhaps_RB
more_DT
like_IN
seven_CD
years_NNS
in_IN
tibet_NP
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
good_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
right_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
pacing_VBG
of_IN
kundun_???
is_BEZ
more_DT
calm_NN
and_CC
level_NN
than_CS
that_DT
._.
the_DT
structure_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
made_VBN
to_IN
fit_JJ
the_DT
characters_NNS
and_CC
events_NNS
,_,
not_XNOT
vice-versa_RB
._.
perhaps_RB
because_CS
the_DT
pace_NN
is_BEZ
slower_JJR
,_,
we_PP
have_HV
more_DT
time_NN
to_IN
notice_NN
the_DT
beautiful_JJ
art_NN
,_,
vestments_NNS
,_,
and_CC
architecture_NN
of_IN
tibet_NP
._.
a_DT
mandala_NP
,_,
(_(
tibetan_JJ
sand_NN
painting_NN
)_)
with_IN
beautiful_JJ
,_,
vibrant_JJ
colors_NNS
is_BEZ
shown_VBN
throughout_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
the_DT
robes_NNS
and_CC
hats_NNS
of_IN
state_NN
are_BER
bright_JJ
red_JJ
and_CC
gold_NN
._.
the_DT
bricks_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
rich_JJ
reddish_JJ
brown_JJ
,_,
not_XNOT
unlike_IN
the_DT
skin_NN
tone_NN
of_IN
the_DT
tibetans_NNS
._.
even_RB
the_DT
touchstone_PN
pictures_VBZ
logo_NN
before_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
(_(
which_WDT
is_BEZ
usually_RB
light_JJ
blue_JJ
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
red_JJ
and_CC
gold_NN
of_IN
tibet_NP
._.
philip_NP
glass_NN
composed_VBN
the_DT
music_NN
for_IN
kundun_???
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
was_BEDZ
the_DT
perfect_JJ
choice_NN
._.
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
don't_DO
know_VB
of_IN
glass_NN
,_,
his_PP$
music_NN
is_BEZ
like_IN
a_DT
tibetan_JJ
mandala_NP
._.
his_PP$
building_NN
blocks_NNS
are_BER
lots_NP
of_IN
small_JJ
notes_NNS
,_,
tiny_JJ
grains_NNS
of_IN
music_NN
,_,
which_WDT
are_BER
first_OD
grouped_VBN
,_,
then_RB
repeated_VBN
in_IN
patterns_NNS
._.
these_DT
patterns_NNS
create_VB
interesting_JJ
textures_NNS
which_WDT
are_BER
themselves_PPX
part_RB
of_IN
a_DT
larger_JJR
composition_NN
._.
people_NN
won't_MD
be_BE
flocking_VBG
to_IN
kundun_???
for_IN
it_NN
's_POS
great_JJ
ending_NN
,_,
or_CC
talking_VBG
about_IN
its_PP$
outstanding_JJ
plot_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
does_DOZ
have_HV
a_DT
lot_NN
to_IN
offer_NN
:_:
an_DT
interesting_JJ
lifetime_NN
,_,
exotic_JJ
sights_NNS
,_,
rich_JJ
cinematography_NN
,_,
and_CC
innovative_JJ
music_NN
._.
it_PP
gives_VBZ
interesting_JJ
insight_NN
into_IN
tibetan_JJ
buddhism_NN
and_CC
takes_VBZ
a_DT
warm_JJ
look_NN
at_IN
the_DT
dalai_NP
lama_NP
as_IN
a_DT
person_NN
._.
on_IN
top_NN
of_IN
it_PP
all_PDT
is_BEZ
the_DT
cinematic_JJ
mastery_NN
of_IN
martin_NP
scorsese_JJ
,_,
who_WP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
a_DT
strong_JJ
,_,
beautiful_JJ
,_,
consistent_JJ
look_NN
._.