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

Under the Influence

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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When Actors Do Double Duty
When Actors Do Double Duty

From Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers to Kazuo Hasegawa in An Actor’s Revenge, performers who multitask as several characters in a single film tap into the essential uncanniness of cinema itself.

By Shonni Enelow

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Paradise Found: Il Cinema Ritrovato
Paradise Found: Il Cinema Ritrovato

An annual destination for cinephiles from around the world, this film festival in Bologna is a magical place to discover the richness of cinema’s past.

The Sprightly Civil Servant: Norman McLaren at the National Film Board of Canada
The Sprightly Civil Servant: Norman McLaren at the National Film Board of Canada

Can creative genius flourish on the federal dime? Animator Norman McLaren’s remarkably innovative, government-funded films suggest it can.

By Michael Sicinski

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An Intense Curiosity: Chloé Zhao on The New World

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An Intense Curiosity: Chloé Zhao on The New World

The award-winning director of The Rider explores the deep respect for nature and subjective human experience in Terrence Malick’s masterful vision of early seventeenth-century America.

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Wanda Now: Reflections on Barbara Loden’s Feminist Masterpiece
Wanda Now: Reflections on Barbara Loden’s Feminist Masterpiece

Some of our favorite writers and artists share what continues to haunt them about Barbara Loden’s long-neglected 1970 masterpiece, which returns to theaters in a new restoration this week.

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Machine Gun McCain and the Birth of the Cassavetes Clan

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Machine Gun McCain and the Birth of the Cassavetes Clan

Before John Cassavetes and his core group of actors became famous for their unflinching melodramas, they converged in this tough and dirty Italian gangster film.

By Nick Pinkerton

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Out of Time: Sam Shepard in Days of Heaven

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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