- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Isamu Noguchi, whose insightful retrospective opens today at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was an artist formed by both Asian and Western artistic dynamics. Known for his paper lamps and garden designs, Mr. Noguchi was most remarkable for making biomorphic and surrealist sculptures inspired by Constantin Brancusi and spare, mysterious works reminiscent of Zen gardens. Among his most famous works here are his multicolored electrified “Lunar” series and the looping curved slate “Humpty Dumpty.” Isamu Noguchi: Master Sculptor, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through May 5. Free. (202) 633-1000 or www.hirshhorn.si.edu.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The key to moviemaking stimulation this weekend is “Think Asian.” Nothing in sight rivals Bride and Prejudice as a “feel-good” entertainment. An exotic but English-language update on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” it finds modern equivalents for her characters in Amritsar, London and Beverly Hills. “Bride” proves the most jubilant thing of its kind since “Monsoon Wedding.”

The director of “The Cup,” Khyentse Norbu, returns with a disarming new feature, Travellers and Magicians, set in the high country of Bhutan. Bored by village life, a young government official tries to escape back to the city but finds his retreat slowed by everything from scarce transport to the influence of a hitchhiking monk, who relates a nightmarish cautionary fable in four or five installments.

Finally, French and Japanese share the soundtrack of Alain Corneau’s Fear and Trembling, adapted from a seriocomic autobiographical novel about a young Belgian woman. Her liking for Japan is sorely tried by a year of unhappy servitude there as the despised and neglected temp in a corporate workplace.

— Gary Arnold

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