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Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water
Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water

Olivier Assayas revived the spirit of the 1970s in one of cinema’s most evocative party sequences, which serves as the centerpiece of his acclaimed 1994 film.

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Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life
Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life

Visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass offers a glimpse into the complex process of creating the film’s majestic vision of the cosmos.

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Undressing Souls in Scenes from a Marriage
Undressing Souls in Scenes from a Marriage

What does it take for actors to be completely vulnerable with each other? Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson reflect on the close friendship that informed their work in one of Ingmar Bergman’s most ambitious dramas.

The Breakthrough That Put Cuban Cinema on the Map
The Breakthrough That Put Cuban Cinema on the Map

By posing provocative questions about revolutionary politics, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea brought Cuban filmmaking onto the international stage.

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A Time Capsule of a Gritty, Long-Gone New York
A Time Capsule of a Gritty, Long-Gone New York

The director and the star of Smithereens reminisce about how their landmark film immortalized the mean streets and crumbling buildings of 1980s downtown New York.

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How Edward James Olmos Brought a New Historical Authenticity to the Western
How Edward James Olmos Brought a New Historical Authenticity to the Western

The star and producer of The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez made a trailblazing intervention in an iconically American genre, creating an indelible portrait of a Latino American hero.

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Across the Great Divide: Creating Powell and Pressburger’s Stairway to Heaven
Across the Great Divide: Creating Powell and Pressburger’s Stairway to Heaven

In one of the most stunning technical feats in their filmography, directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger envisioned a conveyance that sends souls into the great beyond.

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Getting into Character for sex, lies, and videotape
Getting into Character for sex, lies, and videotape

Sex, shame, and sibling rivalry: actors Andie MacDowell and Laura San Giacomo talk about capturing the layers of conflict and taboo in Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature.

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Memories of a Martial-Arts Master
Memories of a Martial-Arts Master

In this outtake from an interview with Shangkuan Ling-fung, the Taiwanese wuxia icon gets nostalgic about her encounters with Bruce Lee.

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How Ron Shelton Did Justice to the “Talking Sport”
How Ron Shelton Did Justice to the “Talking Sport”

The director of Bull Durham explains the ins and outs of bringing baseball to the screen and why Kevin Costner is the finest athletic actor he’s worked with.

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The Birth of a Hollywood Bad Girl
The Birth of a Hollywood Bad Girl

The product of consummate artistry and savvy promotion, Marlene Dietrich’s salacious image opened up erotic frontiers for a generation of moviegoers.

The Hope That Fueled Bowling for Columbine
The Hope That Fueled Bowling for Columbine

How much can a film turn the tide on American violence? Michael Moore and archivist Carl Deal reflect on the moral urgency that gave rise to one of the most talked-about documentaries of all time.

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Bringing the Grit to Philippine Cinema
Bringing the Grit to Philippine Cinema

For Philippine master Lino Brocka, casting a mix of nonprofessional and professional actors was key to achieving his brand of unvarnished naturalism.

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This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides

What goes into staging the perfect on-screen kiss? Director Sofia Coppola and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett look back on shooting a passionate make-out session in The Virgin Suicides.

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“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man
“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch filmed Neil Young recording the score for his 1995 revisionist western. Watch a bit of the never-released footage here.

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Discovering the Jazzy Sounds of Paul Whiteman
Discovering the Jazzy Sounds of Paul Whiteman

Musician Michael Feinstein talks about discovering Paul Whiteman, the wildly popular bandleader who stars in the early-Technicolor musical King of Jazz.

Playing with Color and Light in Women in Love
Playing with Color and Light in Women in Love

Cinematographer Billy Williams talks about his experience creating the lush images and expressive lighting in Ken Russell’s boldly stylized adaptation of Women in Love.

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Fassbinder’s Anarchic Spin on a Classic Brecht Role
Fassbinder’s Anarchic Spin on a Classic Brecht Role

New German Cinema filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta shares her memories of working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the set of Volker Schlöndorf’s 1970 film Baal.

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The Bells of Saint Joan
The Bells of Saint Joan

Composer Richard Einhorn talks about conceiving the oratorio Voices of Light, which has often accompanied Carl Theodor Dreyer’s he Passion of Joan of Arc over the past quarter century.

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Martin Scorsese on the Sights and Sounds of Old-World New York
Martin Scorsese on the Sights and Sounds of Old-World New York

Martin Scorsese talks with critic Kent Jones about some of the techniques that helped bring the film’s depiction of Gilded Age Manhattan to life.

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A Touch of Modernity in Tom Jones
A Touch of Modernity in Tom Jones

Scholar Donald Petrie delves into how inspired choices in casting and cinematography gave Tony Richardson’s Oscar-winning period comedy its modern sensibility.

Ask Steven Soderbergh
Ask Steven Soderbergh

Got anything to ask Steven Soderbergh? We’re working on a new edition of sex, lies, and videotape, and the director will be answering some of your burning questions on the release.

A Closer Look at Bengali Superstar Uttam Kumar
A Closer Look at Bengali Superstar Uttam Kumar

Film scholar Meheli Sen discusses the particular qualities that made Bengali actor Uttam Kumar a star and the perfect leading man for Satyajit Ray’s The Hero.

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Kabuki Meets ’Scope in Kon Ichikawa’s Masterpiece
Kabuki Meets ’Scope in Kon Ichikawa’s Masterpiece

Critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns explains how Kon Ichikawa intermingles modernist and classical styles in his masterpiece An Actor’s Revenge.

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