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Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch

Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.

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Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism

Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.

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A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties
A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties

Marco Bellocchio’s subversive debut feature, Fists in the Pocket, emerged out of a period of social unrest, taking aim at both bourgeois values and Catholic hypocrisy.

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Behind the Wheel with Kiarostami
Behind the Wheel with Kiarostami

In this excerpt from a 1994 documentary, the Iranian master talks from the driver’s seat about the central role that love and friendship play in his work.

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Ozu and Noda: Birds of a Feather
Ozu and Noda: Birds of a Feather

A new documentary by filmmaker Daniel Raim, featured on our release of The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, explores one of Japanese cinema’s most fruitful writer-director partnerships.

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Donald Richie Uncovers Traces of a Lost Japan
Donald Richie Uncovers Traces of a Lost Japan

In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.

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A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen

Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.

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How Roger Deakins Conjured the Dystopian Darkness of 1984
How Roger Deakins Conjured the Dystopian Darkness of 1984

The Oscar-winning cinematographer recalls the “silver-tint” process that helped him create a palette strikingly close to black and white.

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A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance

Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.

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How Jane Fonda’s Feminist Awakening Collided with Klute
How Jane Fonda’s Feminist Awakening Collided with Klute

The Oscar-winning actor remembers how her heightened political consciousness in the early 1970s led to her initial hesitation to take on the leading role in Alan J. Pakula’s psychological thriller.

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Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable
Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable

The acclaimed Polish director explains how her international breakthrough film, Europa Europa, was inspired by a desire to tell a different, less predictable kind of Holocaust story.

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A Tolstoy Adaptation That Defies Gravity
A Tolstoy Adaptation That Defies Gravity

Cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky talks about the innovative camera work that made some of War and Peace’s most ambitious sequences possible.

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Undoing the Binarchy in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Undoing the Binarchy in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Members of the cast and crew of Hedwig and the Angry Inch discuss the film’s defiant approach to questions of identity and politics.

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How Bruno Dumont’s Cinema Gives Flesh to Philosophy
How Bruno Dumont’s Cinema Gives Flesh to Philosophy

The French iconoclast explains how his background in industrial filmmaking helped him bring life to abstract ideas about the human condition.

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Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films

In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.

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A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet

In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.

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All the Bad Men in Let the Sunshine In
All the Bad Men in Let the Sunshine In

Claire Denis talks about the tricky task of casting the roles of Juliette Binoche’s male suitors in her slyly funny tale of middle-aged romance.

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How to Implicate an Audience
How to Implicate an Audience

Michael Haneke explains the strategy and inspiration behind his fourth-wall-breaking tricks in the brutal thriller Funny Games.

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William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama

Despite its cloistered setting, The Heiress is filled with moments of visual ingenuity and exquisite camera work that take viewers inside its heroine’s psychology.

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What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind
What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind

One of today’s top action-comedy directors, Edgar Wright, breaks down the elements of the Hong Kong superstar’s charisma and how it has transcended cultural boundaries.

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Gillian Armstrong on Dismantling Men’s Fantasies of Women
Gillian Armstrong on Dismantling Men’s Fantasies of Women

With her feature debut, My Brilliant Career, the Australian director sought to challenge a long history of female stereotypes on-screen.

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On the Road with Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg
On the Road with Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg

In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of A Face in the Crowd, author Ron Briley recounts the research that shaped the film’s insights on politics and media.

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A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight
A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight

In this excerpt from an interview on the edition of Diamonds of the Night, film programmer Irena Kovarova talks about the work of one of director Jan Němec’s key collaborators, Ester Krumbachová.

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Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters
Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters

In a new conversation with collaborators Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg, the director of I Wanna Hold Your Hand talks about the terror of being a first-time feature director.

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