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Harold Lloyd’s Ingenious Blend of Slapstick and Horror in The Kid Brother

Anatomy of a Gag

Harold Lloyd’s Ingenious Blend of Slapstick and Horror in The Kid Brother

In one of his most ambitious sequences, the silent-comedy legend throws his innocent “glasses” character into a death trap of a setting.

By David Cairns

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Hollywood’s Top Dog

Anatomy of a Gag

Hollywood’s Top Dog

One of cinema’s most charismatic canines shows off his comedic chops in Leo McCarey’s screwball masterpiece The Awful Truth.

By David Cairns

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A Different Kind of Logic: Rodarte on 3 Women
A Different Kind of Logic: Rodarte on 3 Women

The designers behind the celebrated fashion brand Rodarte talk about one of Robert Altman’s strangest films.

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Charlie & Jackie

Anatomy of a Gag

Charlie & Jackie

In 1921’s The Kid, Charlie Chaplin gave his lonely Tramp a five-year-old sidekick in Jackie Coogan, turning the boy into Hollywood’s first major child star.

By David Cairns

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Choking Chaplin

Anatomy of a Gag

Choking Chaplin

In the image of the Little Tramp choking, Chaplin found the perfect motif for evoking the horrors of hunger and modern consumption.

By David Cairns

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Dancing Chaplin

Anatomy of a Gag

Dancing Chaplin

In some of his most elaborately choreographed set pieces, the silent-comedy master confronted the chaos of the world with balletic grace and rhythmic precision.

By David Cairns

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Once There Was Everything
Once There Was Everything

The director of the newly released Columbus takes a close look at how doors open onto philosophical mysteries in the films of French master Robert Bresson.

By Kogonada

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Being There

Anatomy of a Gag

Being There

David Cairns takes a close look at the carefully calibrated minimalism of Hal Ashby’s masterful satire.

By David Cairns

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Le grand amour

Anatomy of a Gag

Le grand amour

Beloved for his inventive blend of physical humor and emotional warmth, French director-actor Pierre Etaix passed away last October at the age of eighty-seven. In the second installment of our video series Anatomy of a Gag, filmmaker and critic David…

By David Cairns

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Storyboarding Blood Simple
Storyboarding Blood Simple

Featuring commentary by the Coens, Sonnenfeld, and actor Frances McDormand, this video, created by photographer Grant Delin, highlights the careful planning that went into the film’s construction.

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Godard in Fragments
Godard in Fragments

In the 1960s, pioneering French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard introduced the world to a new cinematic lexicon, generated from his innovative, auteurist style. Between 1960 and 1967 alone, he made fifteen features (beginning with his groundbreaki…

By Kogonada

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Mirrors of Bergman
Mirrors of Bergman

Filmmaker Kogonada, with a little help from Sylvia Plath, reflects on women and mirrors in the films of Ingmar Bergman.

By Kogonada

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Trick or Truth
Trick or Truth

Filmmaker :: kogonada tweets at @kogonada and tumbles at missingozu.tumblr.com. You can view some of his work at kogonada.com.

By :: kogonada

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Eyes of Hitchcock
Eyes of Hitchcock

Filmmaker :: kogonada tweets at @kogonada and tumbles at missingozu.tumblr.com. You can view some of his work at kogonada.com.

By Kogonada

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Fosse Time
Fosse Time

All That Jazz echoes the tropes of the classic backstage movie musical, but it’s also a groundbreaking work of cinema, thanks largely to Bob Fosse and editor Alan Heim’s avant-garde approach to editing. In this Criterion video essay, critic Ma…

By Matt Zoller Seitz

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Demy Monde
Demy Monde

Film scholar James Quandt created a nearly hour-long visual essay for our new collector’s set The Essential Jacques Demy. Titled Jacques Demy, A to Z, it elaborates on twenty-six concepts important to understanding the cinema of this singular filmm…

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Hands of Bresson
Hands of Bresson

Filmmaker :: kogonada tweets at @kogonada and tumbles at missingozu.tumblr.com. You can view some of his work at kogonada.com.

By Kogonada

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The Fox & Mr. Anderson
The Fox & Mr. Anderson

Filmmaker :: kogonada tweets at @kogonada and tumbles at missingozu.tumblr.com. You can view some of his work at kogonada.com.

By :: kogonada

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Blue Christmas
Blue Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But you wouldn’t know it from all of the melancholy Christmas films that have been made over the years. In this video essay, we investigate the longstanding tradition of bleak midwinters at the movies (A …

Listening to La Jetée
Listening to La Jetée

Chris Marker’s La Jetée is the kind of film that haunts the brain. This quality is attributable not only to its unforgettable postapocalyptic imagery but also to its soundscapes, as spare as they are ravishing and mysterious. In this new video es…