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The Joy and Pain of One Good Meal in Bicycle Thieves

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The Joy and Pain of One Good Meal in Bicycle Thieves

The great Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke recalls what his first encounters with Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece taught him about the possibilities of cinematic realism.

By Jia Zhangke

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The Funny Man with the Pardon: Billy Gilbert in His Girl Friday

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The Funny Man with the Pardon: Billy Gilbert in His Girl Friday

The famously blustery comedy veteran transforms into a hilariously timid messenger in Howard Hawks’s fast-talking screwball masterpiece.

By Stephen Winer

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Uriah Heep Brings a Touch of the Uncool to Cold Water

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Uriah Heep Brings a Touch of the Uncool to Cold Water

With its irresistible momentum and sonic crunch, “Easy Livin’” occupies a special place in one of the most celebrated sequences in Olivier Assayas’s filmography.

By Glenn Kenny

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How The Qatsi Trilogy Gave RaMell Ross a New Way of Seeing

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How The Qatsi Trilogy Gave RaMell Ross a New Way of Seeing

The Oscar-nominated director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening finds an expansive political vision in the mind-altering work of Godfrey Reggio.

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Too Close for Comfort: Theresa Russell in Bad Timing

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Too Close for Comfort: Theresa Russell in Bad Timing

A true acting iconoclast, Theresa Russell unleashes a torrent of emotion in this tale of sexual obsession, her first collaboration with the director Nicolas Roeg.

By Dan Callahan

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Morgan Neville Goes Through the Looking Glass with F for Fake

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Morgan Neville Goes Through the Looking Glass with F for Fake

The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker unpacks the wild inventiveness of Orson Welles and the late-career masterpiece that inspired his own approach to his new movie They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead.

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

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

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“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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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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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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The Birth of a Quiet Radical: John M. Stahl’s Silent Films
The Birth of a Quiet Radical: John M. Stahl’s Silent Films

Long thought lost or unavailable, John M. Stahl’s early films highlight his mastery of melodrama, combining elegant framing with explosive emotions and a commitment to exploring women’s experience.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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From Folk Ditty to Rally Anthem: Nashville’s “It Don’t Worry Me”

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From Folk Ditty to Rally Anthem: Nashville’s “It Don’t Worry Me”

Performed by the late Barbara Harris, the final song in Robert Altman’s masterpiece is a provocative mix of genres and conflicting cultural resonances.

By Jewly Hight

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The Many Sides of James Agee
The Many Sides of James Agee

In honor of his birthday this week, four of our favorite writers—Michael Sragow, Charles Maland, Farran Smith Nehme, and Geoffrey O’Brien—take a close look at the style and influence of a great American movie critic.

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Heiress at the Revolution

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Heiress at the Revolution

In the aftermath of the political turmoil that swept through France in 1968, Sylvina Boissonnas used her wealth to sponsor some of the most radical films of the era, including works by Philippe Garrel and Jackie Raynal.

By Sally Shafto

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Margarethe von Trotta Found Her Cinema Gateway in The Seventh Seal

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Margarethe von Trotta Found Her Cinema Gateway in The Seventh Seal

The great German director reflects on her first experience with Ingmar Bergman’s classic meditation on mortality, a film that opened her eyes to the possibilities of cinema.

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A Flower in the Mud: Val Lewton’s Isle of the Dead

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A Flower in the Mud: Val Lewton’s Isle of the Dead

A showcase for some of Boris Karloff’s most nuanced acting, this beguiling horror gem is perfect Halloween viewing.

By Dan Callahan

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Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Thelma Ritter

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Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Thelma Ritter

Supporting roles bring potent flavor to classic Hollywood’s darkest genre. In the first installment of a series, Imogen Sara Smith pays tribute to the queen of character actors: Thelma Ritter.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Marianne Faithfull Brings on the Heartbreak in Made in U.S.A

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Marianne Faithfull Brings on the Heartbreak in Made in U.S.A

With her a capella take on the Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By,” the singer turns a brief moment in one of Godard’s most playful films into a reflection on loss.

By Michael Atkinson

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What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema

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What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema

The Oscar-winning director of La La Land explains how an early encounter with À nos amours taught him to mix spontaneity and surprise into his own highly stylized worlds.

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Less Is More: Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

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Less Is More: Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

No one has utilized the actress’s elusive minimalism and artful underplaying to more brilliantly complicated effect than French director Olivier Assayas.

By Ella Taylor

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The Heat of the Moment: Ten Minutes That Capture the Revolution of 1968
The Heat of the Moment: Ten Minutes That Capture the Revolution of 1968

A breathtaking, rarely screened vérité document encapsulates the social and aesthetic sea change that transformed France in the spring of 1968.

By Sam Di Iorio

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Getting to the Root of the New Tree of Life
Getting to the Root of the New Tree of Life

A look inside the process of collaborating with Terrence Malick on the new cut of his 2011 masterpiece.

By Benjamin Mercer

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Joachim Trier Grapples with the Fractured Time of Don’t Look Now

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Joachim Trier Grapples with the Fractured Time of Don’t Look Now

The acclaimed Norwegian filmmaker talks about Nicolas Roeg’s richly suggestive, nonlinear approach to time in his masterpiece Don't Look Now.

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John Cassavetes, Underrated Surrealist

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John Cassavetes, Underrated Surrealist

The director of Computer Chess and Support the Girls finds in John Cassavetes a surrealist whose weirdest set pieces could make David Lynch blush.

By Andrew Bujalski

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