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A World-Cinema Master Gives the World One Last Look
A World-Cinema Master Gives the World One Last Look

After his father’s death in 2016, Ahmad Kiarostami helped complete the conceptually daring meditation on image-making the great Iranian director had been working on for the last five years of his life.

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Euzhan Palcy Remembers Brando’s Nerves on the Set of A Dry White Season
Euzhan Palcy Remembers Brando’s Nerves on the Set of A Dry White Season

Marlon Brando hadn’t been in a movie in almost a decade when he took on his Oscar-nominated role in A Dry White Season. The film’s director talks about the pleasures of collaborating with the legendary actor.

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Barbara Stanwyck’s Last Great Film Role
Barbara Stanwyck’s Last Great Film Role

After three decades in the industry, Hollywood icon Barbara Stanwyck delivered one of her fiercest performances in Samuel Fuller’s western Forty Guns.

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The “Very Unusual” Fashion Show at the Heart of True Stories
The “Very Unusual” Fashion Show at the Heart of True Stories

In this video, artist Adelle Lutz and director David Byrne discuss the weird and wonderful outfits in a particularly outrageous set piece in the film.

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Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot
Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot

A costume designer can make characters come alive. In this new interview, two historians explore how Orry-Kelly’s gowns helped Marilyn Monroe embody one of her finest roles.

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Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride
Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride

Art director Richard Holland shares the nitty-gritty of how he constructed the infernal torture device in Rob Reiner’s classic fairy tale.

Jennifer Salt Unravels the Twisted Psychology of Sisters
Jennifer Salt Unravels the Twisted Psychology of Sisters

The actor looks back on her experience on the set of Brian De Palma’s first Hitchcockian thriller and her friendship with costar Margot Kidder.

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Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?
Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?

A public-television commission intended to raise class consciousness, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day inspired heated debates about its political orientation.

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Traces of Autobiography in A Raisin in the Sun
Traces of Autobiography in A Raisin in the Sun

Professor Imani Perry details how Lorraine Hansberry’s own experience of housing discrimination made its way into her landmark play.

In the Words of Tarkovsky
In the Words of Tarkovsky

In this contemplative moment from a documentary about Andrei Tarkovsky, the elusive master explains how he tried to conjure an immersive vision of painter Andrei Rublev’s world.

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A Touch of Class in the Comedies of Gregory La Cava
A Touch of Class in the Comedies of Gregory La Cava

The sheer strangeness of wealth and class divisions is fodder for screwball hilarity in Gregory La Cava’s Depression-era masterpiece.

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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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