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Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor writes about film for NPR.org and other outlets, and teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

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The Dissidence of Others
The Dissidence of Others

Agnieszka Holland challenges romantic notions of civil unrest and revolutionary activism in her magnificently bleak period miniseries Burning Bush, which is now available to stream on the Criterion Channel.

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War and Peace: Saint Petersburg Fiddles, Moscow Burns
War and Peace: Saint Petersburg Fiddles, Moscow Burns

Sergei Bondarchuk pulled out all the stops to bring Tolstoy’s sprawling vision to the screen, and the result remains one of the most extravagant epic films of all time.

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Late Term
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Late Term

One of the crowning achievements of the New Romanian Cinema, Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winner combines rigorous realism with breathtaking suspense in its account of women’s oppression during the era of Ceaușescu.

By Ella Taylor

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Less Is More: Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

Performances

Less Is More: Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

No one has utilized the actress’s elusive minimalism and artful underplaying to more brilliantly complicated effect than French director Olivier Assayas.

By Ella Taylor

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Certain Women: Trapped Under the Big Sky
Certain Women: Trapped Under the Big Sky

The wide-open vistas of Montana are the backdrop for three interlocking stories about women confronting the disappointments of small-town life.

By Ella Taylor

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45 Years: Fissures
45 Years: Fissures

With his unique blend of British realism and romantic fatalism, director Andrew Haigh exposes the quiet desperation at the heart of a long marriage.

By Ella Taylor

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