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From Canyon Cinema to Outer Space

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From Canyon Cinema to Outer Space

In the spotlight this week: A new resource on avant-garde cinema, Kent Jones on Francis Ford Coppola, Darren Hughes on Claire Denis, and more.

By David Hudson

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Performances

Love in Bloom: Jack Benny in To Be or Not to Be

In the one great film role of his career, the comedian and radio personality used his beloved, minimalist performance style to capture the silliness of human vanity.

By Dan Callahan

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Cannes’s Promising 2019 Lineup
Cannes’s Promising 2019 Lineup

This year promises a healthy mix of renowned auteurs and younger talents—and there’s more to come.

By David Hudson

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Art of the Real 2019

Goings On

Art of the Real 2019

Showcasing new work by filmmakers at the forefront of nonfiction and hybrid cinema, this year’s edition also pays tribute to three vital groundbreakers.

By David Hudson

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Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Harry Morgan

Dark Passages

Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Harry Morgan

In Frank Borzage’s Southern Gothic noir Moonrise, the actor captures a heartbreaking mixture of love and fear with his deeply empathetic (and very brief) portrayal of a deaf-mute.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Twice Again, Gloria Grahame
Twice Again, Gloria Grahame

In a Lonely Place (1950), screening Friday at MoMA, and The Big Heat (1953), featured on the Criterion Channel, score high on Slant’s list of top noirs.

By David Hudson

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Diamonds of the Night: Into the Woods
Diamonds of the Night: Into the Woods

Injecting the Czechoslovak New Wave with postmodern rage and formal risk, Jan Němec’s debut feature is a merciless look at human consciousness under siege.

By Michael Atkinson

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Bibi Andersson, “Simple, Uncomplicated, and Deep”
Bibi Andersson, “Simple, Uncomplicated, and Deep”

She was known as “a professional innocent”—until Persona (1966) revealed a complex emotional intelligence.

By David Hudson

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Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan
Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan

With a new film in theaters and two early works on the Criterion Channel, the Chinese wunderkind talks with us about the challenges he’s faced while forging his idiosyncratic path through cinema.

By Andrew Chan

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Perspectives on Half a Century

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Perspectives on Half a Century

This week sees further remembrances of Agnès Varda, reflections on Godard then and now, and appreciations of a vital but too often overlooked filmmaker, Nelly Kaplan.

By David Hudson

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The Irrepressible Seymour Cassel
The Irrepressible Seymour Cassel

Known for his work with John Cassavetes, the actor was rediscovered a generation later in films by Wes Anderson.

By David Hudson

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Downbeat Demy in Connecticut

Repertory Picks

Downbeat Demy in Connecticut

One of French master Jacques Demy’s starkest films screens at the Avon in a series of Gallic classics.

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Jim Jarmusch Will Open Cannes 2019
Jim Jarmusch Will Open Cannes 2019

The Dead Don’t Die, a zombie comedy, will put an army of stars on the red carpet.

By David Hudson

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A Problem with Authority: Dušan Makavejev’s Art of Repulsion

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A Problem with Authority: Dušan Makavejev’s Art of Repulsion

Early in his boundary-pushing Sweet Movie, Serbian renegade Dušan Makavejev stages a pageant of visual grotesquerie that speaks to the luridness of our contemporary age.

By Stephanie LaCava

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Surveys and Assessments

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Surveys and Assessments

Deep dives into the work of Bob Fosse and Buster Keaton and a mash note to Aki Kaurismäki lead this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Kent Jones Shares Pieces of His Cinematic DNA
Kent Jones Shares Pieces of His Cinematic DNA

With his feature debut now in theaters, one of our longtime contributors shares his memories of the moviegoing experiences that have shaped him.

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Ozu in the Underworld, with a New Live Score

Repertory Picks

Ozu in the Underworld, with a New Live Score

One of Yasujiro Ozu’s lesser-known genre films, Dragnet Girl screens with an electronic score by the band Coupler next Tuesday in New York.

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April Books
April Books

This month’s round features Dalí’s Marx Brothers movie, Bergman family drama, Welles’s unpublished play, and more.

By David Hudson

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A Sit-Down with Mike Leigh
A Sit-Down with Mike Leigh

On the occasion of the premiere of his new film, Peterloo, we talked with the British master about what keeps him going as an artist and what he enjoys most about his idiosyncratic process.

By Hillary Weston

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The Restless Life and Oeuvre of Agnès Varda
The Restless Life and Oeuvre of Agnès Varda

The artist, photographer, and filmmaker leaves behind one of the most varied and restless oeuvres in cinema.

By David Hudson

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“Looking for New Sorts of Utopias”

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“Looking for New Sorts of Utopias”

Fresh assessments of the work of Chris Marker and Stanley Kubrick, an interview with Kent Jones, and that stellar year for American cinema, 1999.

By David Hudson

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Japón: On Seeing Ourselves Seeing
Japón: On Seeing Ourselves Seeing

At a time when Mexican audiences were taught to equate good cinema with foreign cinema, Carlos Reygadas heralded the arrival of something new with his audaciously poetic first feature.

By Valeria Luiselli

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Memories of Taboo-Buster Dušan Makavejev

Flashbacks

Memories of Taboo-Buster Dušan Makavejev

One of the most audacious voices to emerge from Tito’s Yugoslavia, the late director had a genius for smuggling incendiary ideas into freewheeling satires.

By Peter Cowie

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New Directors/New Films 2019

Goings On

New Directors/New Films 2019

Twenty-four features by some of the world’s most promising directors are screening in New York through April 7.

By David Hudson

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