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Ira Sachs Finds a Model of Artistic Courage in Je tu il elle

Under the Influence

Ira Sachs Finds a Model of Artistic Courage in Je tu il elle

The director of Frankie and Keep the Lights On opens up about how the emotional and sexual candor of Chantal Akerman’s feature debut has inspired his own deeply personal approach to cinema.

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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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How The Qatsi Trilogy Gave RaMell Ross a New Way of Seeing

Under the Influence

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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Morgan Neville Goes Through the Looking Glass with F for Fake

Under the Influence

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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Margarethe von Trotta Found Her Cinema Gateway in The Seventh Seal

Under the Influence

Margarethe von Trotta Found Her Cinema Gateway in The Seventh Seal

The great German director reflects on her first experience with Ingmar Bergman’s classic meditation on mortality, a film that opened her eyes to the possibilities of cinema.

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What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema

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What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema

The Oscar-winning director of La La Land explains how an early encounter with À nos amours taught him to mix spontaneity and surprise into his own highly stylized worlds.

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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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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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Chloé Zhao Discovers Uncharted Territory in The New World

Under the Influence

Chloé Zhao Discovers Uncharted Territory in 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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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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David Simon Unravels the Moral Twists of Paths of Glory

Under the Influence

David Simon Unravels the Moral Twists of 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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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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David Lowery’s Career-Long Kinship with George Washington

Under the Influence

David Lowery’s Career-Long Kinship with 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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Steve James Explores the American Tapestry of Nashville

Under the Influence

Steve James Explores the American Tapestry of 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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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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Anna Biller Celebrates Jacques Demy’s Candy-Colored Darkness

Under the Influence

Anna Biller Celebrates Jacques Demy’s Candy-Colored Darkness

The director of The Love Witch talks about French master Jacques Demy, whose mix of candy-colored imagery and psychological darkness has made a lasting impact on her filmmaking approach.

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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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How Mike Mills Found His Personal Xanax in Ermanno Olmi

Under the Influence

How Mike Mills Found His Personal Xanax in Ermanno Olmi

Earlier this month, director Mike Mills paid a visit to New York in support of his third narrative feature, 20th Century Women, a deeply personal coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy growing up in Carter-era Southern California with his single moth…

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What Wong Kar-wai Taught Barry Jenkins About Longing

Under the Influence

What Wong Kar-wai Taught Barry Jenkins About Longing

In the first installment of our new video series Under the Influence, the Moonlight director waxes rhapsodic about Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love.

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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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