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Comedians and Composers

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Comedians and Composers

Plaudits for Elaine May and Barbara Stanwyck, conversations with Elliott Gould and Bertrand Tavernier, and a rift between a filmmaker and his subject.

By David Hudson

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Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Wallace Ford

Dark Passages

Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Wallace Ford

A haven for aging Hollywood actors, film noir had plenty of room for performers like Wallace Ford, who brought a hard-scrabble energy to the roles of has-beens and losers.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Lineup Deluge: SXSW, Berlin, and More
Lineup Deluge: SXSW, Berlin, and More

SXSW presents a program of 102 features and episodics, and the Berlinale’s competition and Special lineups are now complete.

By David Hudson

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Get into the Groove in Augusta

Repertory Picks

Get into the Groove in Augusta

Travel back to the dawn of the eighties with The Last Days of Disco, playing today at Augusta University in a series of screenings celebrating its writer-director.

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January Books
January Books

Unquiet is the first of Linn Ullmann’s books to directly address her parents. Plus, the criticism of Rivette and Bazin, a radio campaign led by Welles, and more.

By David Hudson

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Notorious: The Same Hunger
Notorious: The Same Hunger

In this pitch-perfect noir romance, Alfred Hitchcock explores what happens when the masks we wear in the world clash with our innermost desires.

To Save and Project 2019

Goings On

To Save and Project 2019

MoMA’s festival of film preservation features Lubitsch, Akerman, Murnau, Lupino, and an eclectic array of rediscoveries.

By David Hudson

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“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Captures the Ache of Fleeting Friendships

Songbook

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Captures the Ache of Fleeting Friendships

The Scottish band Simple Minds took the Breakfast Club theme song to the top of the charts. But its success—and its plea for loyalty—couldn’t save the group from its ultimate demise.

By Hanif Abdurraqib

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1919, 1999, and 2019

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1919, 1999, and 2019

A big list from the American Society of Cinematographers, a series celebrating a slew of twentieth anniversaries, and two great series in New York.

By David Hudson

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Agnès Varda’s New Documentary Will Premiere in Berlin
Agnès Varda’s New Documentary Will Premiere in Berlin

The February festival’s added eleven films to its competition and another six to the Berlinale Special program.

By David Hudson

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The Wealthy Gone Wild in Indiana

Repertory Picks

The Wealthy Gone Wild in Indiana

Luis Buñuel skewers high society in his audaciously experimental late-career satire The Exterminating Angel, playing at the Indiana University Cinema this week.

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Sopranos and Doppelgängers
Sopranos and Doppelgängers

The Sopranos Film Festival celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the landmark show. Plus news from Rotterdam, Berlin, Austin, and Park City.

By David Hudson

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Wild Child: A Conversation with Sandi Tan
Wild Child: A Conversation with Sandi Tan

The award-winning director of Shirkers looks back on her memories of growing up as a rebellious teenage cinephile and the movie-besotted culture of her native Singapore.

By Andrew Chan

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Longer Takes on the Year That Was
Longer Takes on the Year That Was

A few lingering observations on the films of 2018 from Slate’s Movie Club, the New York Times, and more.

By David Hudson

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24 Frames: The World Made Visible
24 Frames: The World Made Visible

After years of paring his filmmaking down to the bare essentials, Abbas Kiarostami delivered this gorgeous and boldly minimalist meditation on time, movement, and image-making.

By Bilge Ebiri

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Really, HFPA?
Really, HFPA?

Critics are fine with the actors who’ve won Golden Globes this year—as for the films they appear in, not so much.

By David Hudson

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Four New Issues and a Rediscovered Interview

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Four New Issues and a Rediscovered Interview

The new year brings us new issues of Cinema Scope, Film Comment, the DGA Quarterly, and World Records.

By David Hudson

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Celebrating Al Reinert
Celebrating Al Reinert

A longtime friend of the company, the award-winning director of For All Mankind has passed away at the age of seventy-one.

By Jonathan Turell

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The Most Anticipated Films of 2019
The Most Anticipated Films of 2019

We look ahead to films by Martin Scorsese, Greta Gerwig, Paul Verhoeven, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and dozens more.

By David Hudson

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Ruthless Ronin in Massachusetts

Repertory Picks

Ruthless Ronin in Massachusetts

Often imitated but never duplicated, Akira Kurosawa’s genre-bending samurai classic Yojimbo plays tomorrow in the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s After Midnite series.

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La Internacional Cinéfilia and More of the Best of 2018
La Internacional Cinéfilia and More of the Best of 2018

Polls and ballots, lists and considered reflections give shape to the year that was.

By David Hudson

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What They Found: Our Contributors Share Their 2018 Discoveries
What They Found: Our Contributors Share Their 2018 Discoveries

Oddities, rarities, and repertory discoveries . . . some of our favorite writers and artists share their film revelations of the past year.

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Holiday Reading

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Holiday Reading

New issues of Senses of Cinema and cléo this week, but also healthy seasonal doses of anxiety and lamentation.

By David Hudson

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New Festivals in New York and Los Angeles

Goings On

New Festivals in New York and Los Angeles

New York launches an Iranian film festival and sends its Art of the Real series to Los Angeles.

By David Hudson

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