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Masculin féminin

This week we celebrate Elaine May, Ulrike Ottinger, Liza Minnelli, and Madonna while paging through the new Senses of Cinema.

By David Hudson

Melvin Van Peebles’s Bold Debut

Critics celebrate the new 4K restoration of The Story of a Three Day Pass (1968).

By David Hudson

Mother and Son: Michael Koresky Celebrates a Bond Forged in Cinema

In his new book, Films of Endearment, the critic revisits ten favorite films with his mother and grapples with how her ways of seeing have shaped his.

By Durga Chew-Bose

Beyond the Western: The Staggering Range of Ennio Morricone

The legendary film composer may be best known for his work on Sergio Leone’s iconic visions of the American frontier, but a closer listen reveals his mastery of a wide variety of genres, sounds, and styles.

By Nate Chinen

Deep Dives

Home Is Where the Struggle Is: Victoria Keith’s Activist Lens in The Sand Island Story

Residents of a neglected Hawaiian island fight against eviction and mistreatment in this consciousness-raising documentary from 1981, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By E. Tammy Kim

Laughter and Tears with Olympia Dukakis

Many lucky enough to have worked with her remember the star who broke through in Moonstruck.

By David Hudson

Jonas Bak’s Wood and Water

A German mother travels to Hong Kong in search of her son—and herself—in one of the highlights of this year’s New Directors/New Films.

By David Hudson

Irma Vep: Film in Flux

In what became his biggest hit to date, Olivier Assayas turned his methods of postmodern reflection onto his own medium, which was being drastically transformed by digitization and globalization at the end of the twentieth century.

By Aliza Ma

One Scene

Chosen Family: The Tenderness in Midnight Cowboy

The director of Test Pattern examines how toxic masculinity gets in the way of the domestic bliss briefly enjoyed by the film’s downtrodden protagonists.

By Shatara Michelle Ford

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Singular Realities

The British New Wave, Eric Rohmer, and the late Monte Hellman figure among this week’s highlights. Also, it turns out there’s still a lot to say about Nomadland.

By David Hudson

From Rotterdam to New York

Seven features in this year’s New Directors/New Films lineup premiered in Rotterdam’s Tiger competition.

By David Hudson

Amalia Ulman’s El Planeta

A black-and-white comedy about a mother-daughter team of grifters opens New Directors/New Films.

By David Hudson

Jessica Beshir’s Faya Dayi

The winner of top awards at Visions du Réel now heads to New Directors/New Films, Hot Docs, True/False, and Rotterdam.

By David Hudson

The Oscars Wrap a Long Season

Capping a months-long journey, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland wins three top awards.

By David Hudson

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Nothing Sacred

This week we’re reading A. S. Hamrah on the contenders for this year’s Oscars and Ben Hecht on the state of Hollywood in 1938.

By David Hudson

First Person

Worlds Away

Obsessed with the lure of memory and the stigma of social otherness, Terence Davies’s The Long Day Closes inspires this writer to take her own winding journey into the past.

By Ella Taylor

Il Cinema Ritrovato 2021, an In-Person Event

This year’s program will feature a George Stevens retrospective, a tribute to Romy Schneider, a Fritz Lang dossier, and more.

By David Hudson

Carax and Sparks Will Open Cannes 2021

Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and featuring a soundtrack by Sparks, Annette will premiere in competition.

By David Hudson

Memories of Murder: In the Killing Jar

Bong Joon Ho combines gritty crime drama with absurdist comedy in his breakthrough second feature, a dark tale set during a tumultuous period in South Korean history.

By Ed Park

Looking Through the Veil: The Theology of Movie Afterlives

From Here Comes Mr. Jordan to Defending Your Life (which we recently released in a new edition), cinematic visions of the great beyond often hinge on widely shared anxieties and uncertainties about our earthly existence.

By Donna Bowman

A New India Finds Its Voice in the Films of Bimal Roy

With movies that spoke urgently to the nation post-independence, the director forged a path between the realist tendencies of the era’s art-house cinema and the pleasures of popular genre filmmaking.

By Devika Girish

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Better Angels

This week we’re checking in on the cinemas of Brazil and South Korea, reading about Terrence Malick, and listening in on Emma Thompson and Tony Kushner.

By David Hudson

New Projects, Fresh Updates

Catherine Breillat and Todd Field are getting back behind the camera, while Scorsese and Spielberg forge ahead with their latest projects.

By David Hudson