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Out of Time: Sam Shepard in Days of Heaven

Performances

Out of Time: Sam Shepard in Days of Heaven

In his big-screen breakthrough, Sam Shepard delivers tenderness, ferocity, and the quiet expressiveness of a silent film star.

By Hillary Weston

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Mightier Than the Sword: Shinobu Hashimoto at 100
Mightier Than the Sword: Shinobu Hashimoto at 100

Can screenwriters change the course of film history? The work of key Kurosawa collaborator Shinobu Hashimoto proves they can.

By Stephen Prince

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Corridor of Mirrors: The Eternal Return

Deep Dives

Corridor of Mirrors: The Eternal Return

Building on a rich lineage of gothic fairy tales and noirish melodramas, this lavishly stylized curio has an ominous beauty all its own.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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On the Mishima Set
On the Mishima Set

With her dazzling work on Paul Schrader’s portrait of author Yukio Mishima, graphic designer Eiko Ishioka set out to create sets as vivid as the film’s characters.

By Eiko Ishioka

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The Hell of War: David Simon on Paths of Glory

Under the Influence

The Hell of War: David Simon on Paths of Glory

The creator of The Wire takes inspiration from the narrative and moral complexity of Stanley Kubrick’s war masterpiece.

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Look at That Girl
Look at That Girl

Depth, beauty, curiosity—what gave luminous French star Danielle Darrieux staying power across eight decades? Critic Farran Smith Nehme looks for the answer in two films from opposite ends of her career.

Tabletop Intimacy: One Scene from À nos amours

One Scene

Tabletop Intimacy: One Scene from À nos amours

The director of Love After Love examines the emotional subtlety of Maurice Pialat’s camera work in a pivotal scene in the 1983 masterpiece À nos amours.

By Russell Harbaugh

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The Sun on Their Faces: One Scene from People on Sunday

One Scene

The Sun on Their Faces: One Scene from People on Sunday

One of the most memorable sequences in the silent classic People on Sunday explores the experience of being photographed and the tension between still and moving images.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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The One and Only Saul Turell

Flashbacks

The One and Only Saul Turell

On what would have been Saul Turell’s ninety-seventh birthday, Peter Cowie celebrates the man who was the beating heart behind Janus Films.

By Peter Cowie

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I’m All Right Jack and The Organizer: Bread and Roses and a Lot of Laughs
I’m All Right Jack and The Organizer: Bread and Roses and a Lot of Laughs

Two marvels of midcentury social commentary now streaming on the Criterion Channel show how progress can be a one-step-forward, two-steps-backward process.

By Michael Sragow

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Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

Performances

Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

No one has captured the complexities of forbidden love with more intimacy than Celia Johnson in David Lean’s classic romance.

By Dan Callahan

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The Beautiful Crimes of Henri Decaë

Dark Passages

The Beautiful Crimes of Henri Decaë

In her latest column, critic Imogen Sara Smith explains how cinematographer Henri Decaë brought a risk-taking spirit and seductive allure to some of the most iconic French crime films.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale

Performances

Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale

Amid the tumultuous family dynamics on display in Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale, Emmanuelle Devos delivers a performance of remarkable subtlety and lyricism.

By Howard Hampton

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Reintroducing Metaphors on Vision
Reintroducing Metaphors on Vision

In conjunction with a new edition of Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision, we’re sharing a selection from the opening pages of this seminal work.

By P. Adams Sitney

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Adventures in Perception: Stan Brakhage in His Own Words
Adventures in Perception: Stan Brakhage in His Own Words

This collection of excerpts from interviews with Stan Brakhage illuminates the evolution of his philosophy of film through his career.

By Suranjan Ganguly

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The Shape of Corruption
The Shape of Corruption

Matteo Garrone’s gritty portrait of the Neapolitan Mafia draws on a lineage of Italian crime films dating back to Francesco Rosi’s trailblazing Salvatore Giuliano.

By Michael Sragow

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Keeper of the Secret: Remembering Jeanne Moreau
Keeper of the Secret: Remembering Jeanne Moreau

French New Wave icon Jeanne Moreau possessed a stillness, a way of surrendering to the camera, that made her utterly unique among modern actors.

By Terrence Rafferty

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David Lowery on David Gordon Green’s George Washington

Under the Influence

David Lowery on David Gordon Green’s George Washington

The director behind one of the most acclaimed films of the year, A Ghost Story, explains how David Gordon Green’s poetic vision of adolescence opened his eyes to the possibilities of cinema.

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Fatal Women and the Fate of Women

Dark Passages

Fatal Women and the Fate of Women

What is the defining characteristic of the femme fatale? Critic Imogen Sara Smith explores the range of this film noir archetype through a handful of classic performances.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Wild Child: Amy Wright in Wise Blood

Performances

Wild Child: Amy Wright in Wise Blood

The great character actress delivers a lusty, unbridled performance as a preacher’s daughter in this late-career gem from John Huston.

By Shonni Enelow

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Steve James on Nashville

Under the Influence

Steve James on Nashville

The veteran documentary filmmaker behind Hoop Dreams and the recently released Abacus: Small Enough to Jail discusses the ways in which Robert Altman’s masterpiece combines epic scope with intimate detail.

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Beauty and the Beast: Ralph Meeker in Something Wild

Performances

Beauty and the Beast: Ralph Meeker in Something Wild

Known for playing sexy noir toughs, Ralph Meeker underwent a startling transformation as the anguished, slovenly male lead in Jack Garfein’s psychological drama.

On the Music of Ghost World
On the Music of Ghost World

Director Terry Zwigoff shares his own musical taste in this article about how he went about selecting songs to underscore the deadpan tone of his cult comedy Ghost World.

By Terry Zwigoff

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Constant Compass: Uma Das Gupta in Pather Panchali

Performances

Constant Compass: Uma Das Gupta in Pather Panchali

Writer Durga Chew-Bose explores her personal connection to Uma Das Gupta’s quietly captivating performance as a carefree young girl in the masterful opening installment of The Apu Trilogy.

By Durga Chew-Bose

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