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A Double Dose of Noir in Albuquerque

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A Double Dose of Noir in Albuquerque

Two expressionistically stylized tales of violence share the screen this weekend at a noir festival in Albuquerque.

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Mira Nair on Her Search for a Cinema of Truth
Mira Nair on Her Search for a Cinema of Truth

Under the guidance of mentors D. A. Pennebaker and Richard Leacock, writer-director Mira Nair discovered film as a powerful tool of political expression.

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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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Alan Rudolph’s Top 10

Alan Rudolph is a pioneer in the American independent film movement. He has directed nineteen narrative features, including Trouble in Mind, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Afterglow, Choose Me, and his new film Ray Meets Helen.


sex, lies, and videotape: Some Kind of Skin Flick
sex, lies, and videotape: Some Kind of Skin Flick

Flesh has rarely been as alive on-screen as it is in Steven Soderbergh’s feature debut, an intimate drama that changed the face of American independent film.

By Amy Taubin

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Memories of a Martial-Arts Master
Memories of a Martial-Arts Master

In this outtake from an interview with Shangkuan Ling-fung, the Taiwanese wuxia icon gets nostalgic about her encounters with Bruce Lee.

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No, But I Saw the Game
No, But I Saw the Game

In this essay originally published in the New Yorker, Roger Angell hails Ron Shelton’s comic ode to baseball as one of the few movies to capture the essence of the sport.

By Roger Angell

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Getting Baseball Right: A Conversation with Roger Angell
Getting Baseball Right: A Conversation with Roger Angell

The legendary baseball writer talks about the no-nonsense pleasures of one of the all-time great sports movies and the classic essay he wrote about it.

By Anna Thorngate

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
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An Early Sound-Era Comedy in Miami

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An Early Sound-Era Comedy in Miami

French master René Clair, who achieved comedy magic at the dawn of film sound, takes the spotlight in a program next Wednesday at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

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How Ron Shelton Did Justice to the “Talking Sport”
How Ron Shelton Did Justice to the “Talking Sport”

The director of Bull Durham explains the ins and outs of bringing baseball to the screen and why Kevin Costner is the finest athletic actor he’s worked with.

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Introducing Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema
Introducing Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Criterion producer Abbey Lustgarten walks us through the structure and features of a monumental new box set celebrating the Swedish master, releasing this November.

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Keeping Score

From melodic theme music to boundary-pushing soundscapes, the wide-ranging art of film scoring takes the spotlight in this selection of articles and videos.