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There's something almost wearying as well as exhilarating about the perpetual brilliance of Sarajevo-born filmmaker Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies, Underground). As with some of Fellini's late works, the energy and inventiveness, not to mention the juicy vulgarity, are so consistent that you feel you can slice into the material at almost any point. In this two-hour slam-bang farce about Gypsies living on the Danube and lorded over by two rival patriarchs, there's plenty to cherish and enjoy (at least if you can put up with all the cynicism), but I was especially impressed by Bajram Severdzan, hilarious as a nouveau riche gangster. Music Box, Friday through Thursday, October 22 through 28. --Jonathan Rosenbaum

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