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Queen of Diamonds
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NR,1hr 17min
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1991
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Synopsis: Nina Menkes' second feature is composed of incidents in the life of a depressed Las Vegas blackjack dealer played by the director's sister and regular collaborator, Tinka Menkes. The first half of the film reveals that she lives in a cheap, ramshackle apartment building, along with a bickering couple and an ailing old man for whom she is caring. There is a reference to a husband who has gone missing, and scenes in which she wanders alone through the city. The heart of the film is a 14-minute sequence ... Full Synopsis
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As in her other films, Nina Menkes' gift for creating memorable images plays off of Tinka Menkes' restrained but powerful acting to give Queen of Diamonds an impact above and beyond its spare story line. Menkes depicts Las Vegas as a surreal desert wasteland dotted by ruined buildings and ruined people. It's as if the landscape itself feeds off the main character's alienation. Tinka Menkes' subdued ... Read Review
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