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TV Picks: 'Brakeless,' 'Mr. Dynamite,' 'Death Comes to 'Pemberley'
TV Picks: 'Brakeless,' 'Mr. Dynamite,' 'Death Comes to 'Pemberley'

"Brakeless" (PBS, Monday). Kiyoko Miyake's oddly beautiful, philosophical documentary about the 2005 crash of a commuter train: Traveling too fast into a curve as the driver tried to stay on a schedule reckoned in seconds, the train derailed and ran into the side of an apartment building; 107 people died. A mix of historical reportage, social criticism and personal struggle -- Miyake sits with the survivors and the bereaved -- it is also a film full of soft light and pastel colors, with almost whimsical animations and graphics, as if to say at once that everything is all right and everything is all wrong. It's on the one hand a portrait of a society ruled by speed,...

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