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Hard Realities and Welcome Distractions

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Hard Realities and Welcome Distractions

Following a briefing on the crisis, we turn to a few items that might help us take our minds off it.

By David Hudson

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The Cranes Are Flying: A Free Camera
The Cranes Are Flying: A Free Camera

A war film that emphasizes personal drama over public platitude, this masterpiece by Mikhail Kalatozov features the vitality and freewheeling cinematic experimentation characteristic of post-Stalin cinema.

By Chris Fujiwara

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Remembering Stuart Gordon
Remembering Stuart Gordon

The director of Re-Animator (1985) who founded a theater company that launched plays by David Mamet was seventy-two.

By David Hudson

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The First Virtual SXSW
The First Virtual SXSW

As the Austin festival announces its award winners, many are wondering whether the entire festival circuit will be going online.

By David Hudson

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Leave Her to Heaven: The Eyes of Ellen Berent
Leave Her to Heaven: The Eyes of Ellen Berent

In this Technicolor film noir masterpiece, Gene Tierney stars as one of cinema’s most dangerous and sympathetic femmes fatales, a woman who finds it impossible to conform to postwar gender roles.

By Megan Abbott

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100 Comedies and a Dash of Existential Dread
100 Comedies and a Dash of Existential Dread

Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, and Natasha Lyonne have some home viewing recommendations.

By David Hudson

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Cinema Scope and the News
Cinema Scope and the News

The new issue features interviews with Tsai Ming-liang and Heinz Emigholz; plus the latest on the crisis.

By David Hudson

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Manic Mahler

Deep Dives

Manic Mahler

British cinema’s mad genius Ken Russell dispenses with history, chronology, genre, and taste in this wild reimagining of the great composer’s life.

By David Cairns

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Cannes Does the Right Thing

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Cannes Does the Right Thing

Also this week: Filmmaker and filmmakers make their work freely accessible, an appreciation of Barbara Hammer, and an interview with Jonathan Rosenbaum.

By David Hudson

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Home Viewing: A Guide to the Guides
Home Viewing: A Guide to the Guides

Of the dozens and dozens of lists of streaming recommendations, here are a few that have caught our eye.

By David Hudson

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Rita Hayworth’s Artful Indecency
Rita Hayworth’s Artful Indecency

Behind her carefully crafted bombshell persona, the great Hollywood actor found ingenious ways of signaling how aware she was of the artifice of her own image.

By ​Pamela Hutchinson

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Bamboozled: New Millennium, Same Bullshit
Bamboozled: New Millennium, Same Bullshit

For one of the most provocative and eerily prescient films of his career, Spike Lee confronted the racist neo-minstrelsy that continues to pervade mass entertainment.

By Ashley Clark

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The Virus and the Movies
The Virus and the Movies

The economic impact of the coronavirus crisis is immediate and harsh, but the lessons to be learned have been there for the taking for decades.

By David Hudson

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March Books
March Books

This month we’re reading about Helen Scott, a liaison between Paris and Hollywood; Anna Karina’s novels; William Faulkner’s screenplays; and more.

By David Hudson

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Advocacy and Promise

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Advocacy and Promise

Maybe in tough times we can draw strength from our passion for great cinema.

By David Hudson

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Gone Viral
Gone Viral

Canceled festivals and closed movie theaters: The impact has been tough, and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) discusses what we should be doing next.

By David Hudson

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Les Blank Lets the Good Times Roll

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Les Blank Lets the Good Times Roll

The director of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Wendy finds inspiration in the 1973 documentary Dry Wood, one of his first cinematic encounters with his adopted home of Louisiana.

By Benh Zeitlin

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Ulrike Ottinger in America
Ulrike Ottinger in America

Two series, one on each coast, and an exhibition celebrate the work of the German filmmaker and photographer.

By David Hudson

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Salesman: For God and Company
Salesman: For God and Company

Chronicling the trials of a door-to-door salesman in midcentury America, this incisive portrait of consumer culture revolutionized the art of documentary filmmaking.

By Michael Chaiken

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First Look 2020
First Look 2020

Over five days, visiting artists from around the world will present their formally innovative work in New York.

By David Hudson

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The Wide and Deep Range of Max von Sydow
The Wide and Deep Range of Max von Sydow

The towering Swede left indelible impressions as a medieval knight, a few tormented artists, two emigrants, and a loving father.

By David Hudson

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Five Shots of Tarkovsky
Five Shots of Tarkovsky

Michael Almereyda, Geoff Dyer, Shirin Neshat, Peter Strickland, and Colm Tóibín dive deep into moments from the Russian master’s work that continue to haunt them.

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Quincy Goes to Hollywood
Quincy Goes to Hollywood

During a fertile period in American film history, Grammy-winning icon Quincy Jones used the cinematic medium as a platform for his wide-ranging musical ambitions.

By Carol Cooper

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“The Truest Test of a Movie”

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“The Truest Test of a Movie”

This week: Kelly Reichardt chats with Bong Joon-ho and Olivier Assayas, Jia Zhangke tells the story behind his debut feature, and more.

By David Hudson

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