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Almodóvar, From Now to Then
Almodóvar, From Now to Then

Rejecting the repression of Franco-era Spain, Pedro Almodóvar made his name with exuberant films set in an eternal present. But by the turn of the century, his cinema began to drift toward memories of a not so distant past.

By Colm Tóibín

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A Woman’s Voice: Ingrid Bergman in Five Languages
A Woman’s Voice: Ingrid Bergman in Five Languages

Over the course of her five-decade career, one of cinema’s greatest globe-trotters brought her musical, richly expressive voice to an impressive array of cultural contexts.

By Dan Callahan

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The Dissidence of Others
The Dissidence of Others

Agnieszka Holland challenges romantic notions of civil unrest and revolutionary activism in her magnificently bleak period miniseries Burning Bush, which is now available to stream on the Criterion Channel.

By Ella Taylor

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The Truth About Punk According to Penelope Spheeris
The Truth About Punk According to Penelope Spheeris

The foremost chronicler of punk made films that captured the messy contradictions and sheer rage at the heart of the phenomenon.

By Nick Pinkerton

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Miloš Forman, the Openhearted Nonconformist

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Miloš Forman, the Openhearted Nonconformist

Boasting the longest, most versatile career of any Czechoslovak New Waver, the late master made films mixed with deep compassion and an antiauthoritarian spirit.

By Peter Cowie

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Tears Left to Cry: Jeon Do-yeon in Secret Sunshine

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Tears Left to Cry: Jeon Do-yeon in Secret Sunshine

The Cannes-award-winning lead performance in Lee Chang-dong’s masterful melodrama captures both the pain and perverse pleasure of public crying.

By Andrew Chan

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More Is More: Lessons in Excess from Women in Love

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More Is More: Lessons in Excess from Women in Love

The director of the Sundance hit The Last Black Man in San Francisco reflects on what he learned from Ken Russell’s extravagant style and approach to the subject of male relationships.

By Joe Talbot

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The Chameleonic Charms of Sir Alec
The Chameleonic Charms of Sir Alec

Alec Guinness carved out a place among the greatest of British actors by mixing his demure persona with dry wit and a taste for the absurd.

By David Thomson

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Shooting Stars
Shooting Stars

With the help of MGM’s most ingenious photographers, screen goddesses like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford made the still portrait a key part of their artistry.

Dark Clouds Over Cannes

Cannes 2019

Dark Clouds Over Cannes

The sorry state of the world resulted in a Cannes lineup filled with dark, dystopian visions, which also happened to be one of the strongest of recent years.

By Colin MacCabe

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When a Lovely Flame Dies: The Climactic Heartbreaker in 45 Years

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When a Lovely Flame Dies: The Climactic Heartbreaker in 45 Years

The Platters’ impassioned rendition of the pop chestnut “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” highlights the irrevocable loss in Andrew Haigh’s marriage drama.

By Michael Koresky

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Silent Treatment: Kim Min-hee in On the Beach at Night Alone

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Silent Treatment: Kim Min-hee in On the Beach at Night Alone

In her most explicitly autobiographical collaboration with director Hong Sang-soo, the once reviled actress conveys a deep inner life through a series of understated moments.

Let the Sunshine In: One Love
Let the Sunshine In: One Love

Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche grapple with the realities of middle-aged loneliness and the eternal quest for companionship in this candid quasi comedy.

By Stephanie Zacharek

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Breaking the Ice: The Beginning of Desire in The Piano Teacher

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Breaking the Ice: The Beginning of Desire in The Piano Teacher

One of the quietest, most unassuming moments in Michael Haneke’s disturbing drama serves as a microcosm of his themes of control and sexuality.

By Garth Greenwell

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The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands

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The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands

Mickey & Sylvia’s 1956 hit “Love Is Strange” injects a hint of lustful energy into a screen romance that is otherwise unsettlingly detached.

George Cukor’s Way with Women
George Cukor’s Way with Women

No Hollywood director brought as many memorable heroines to the screen as George Cukor, who was known throughout the industry as the quintessential “woman’s director.”

The Secret to Simone Signoret’s Staying Power
The Secret to Simone Signoret’s Staying Power

A politically engaged actor who refused to be commodified, this French icon showcased her piercing intelligence throughout four decades of unforgettable performances.

By Susan Hayward

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Love in Bloom: Jack Benny in To Be or Not to Be

In the one great film role of his career, the comedian and radio personality used his beloved, minimalist performance style to capture the silliness of human vanity.

By Dan Callahan

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Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Harry Morgan

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Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Harry Morgan

In Frank Borzage’s Southern Gothic noir Moonrise, the actor captures a heartbreaking mixture of love and fear with his deeply empathetic (and very brief) portrayal of a deaf-mute.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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A Problem with Authority: Dušan Makavejev’s Art of Repulsion

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A Problem with Authority: Dušan Makavejev’s Art of Repulsion

Early in his boundary-pushing Sweet Movie, Serbian renegade Dušan Makavejev stages a pageant of visual grotesquerie that speaks to the luridness of our contemporary age.

By Stephanie LaCava

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Memories of Taboo-Buster Dušan Makavejev

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Memories of Taboo-Buster Dušan Makavejev

One of the most audacious voices to emerge from Tito’s Yugoslavia, the late director had a genius for smuggling incendiary ideas into freewheeling satires.

By Peter Cowie

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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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