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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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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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