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Miloš Forman, the Open-Hearted Nonconformist

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Miloš Forman, the Open-Hearted Nonconformist

Boasting the longest, most versatile career of any Czechoslovak New Waver, the late master made films mixed with deep compassion and an antiauthoritarian spirit.

By Peter Cowie

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10 Things I Learned: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
10 Things I Learned: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

The producer of our edition of Agnès Varda’s feminist musical explores the film’s roots in the women’s movement and how the director achieved its warm, playful tone.

Paul Dano’s Closet Picks
Paul Dano’s Closet Picks

The actor-director stopped by our offices to stock up on movies by Yasujiro Ozu, Edward Yang, and other filmmakers who have shaped his sensibility.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch: She Sings the Body Electric
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: She Sings the Body Electric

A work of rapturous energy, John Cameron Mitchell’s beloved debut feature is a freewheeling rock-and-roll musical suffused with heartbreak and pleasure.

By Stephanie Zacharek

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Spontaneous Play in Parade
Spontaneous Play in Parade

Professor Kristin Thompson takes a closer look at the formal ingenuity and comic dexterity of Jacques Tati’s underappreciated final film.


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How Bruno Dumont’s Cinema Gives Flesh to Philosophy
How Bruno Dumont’s Cinema Gives Flesh to Philosophy

The French iconoclast explains how his background in industrial filmmaking helped him bring life to abstract ideas about the human condition.

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Designing Dumont
Designing Dumont

Combining elements of her own paintings with an improvisatory Photoshop process, artist Vivienne Flesher captured the grim beauty of Bruno Dumont’s cinema for our releases of La vie de Jésus and L’humanité.

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Jeremy Workman’s Top 10
Jeremy Workman’s Top 10

A frequent Criterion collaborator who has edited many of our trailers, the director of The World Before Your Feet charts the evolution of his movie love through multiple formats and new technologies.


L’humanité: Ordinary Human Behavior
L’humanité: Ordinary Human Behavior

In his idiosyncratic, award-winning second film, Bruno Dumont uses the story of an alienated police detective to investigate the most elemental aspects of human experience.

By Nicholas Elliott

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La vie de Jésus: The Sky Above
La vie de Jésus: The Sky Above

Bruno Dumont’s remarkable first feature examines the intermingling of the sacred and the profane in the French provinces.

By Nicholas Elliott

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Tears Left to Cry: Jeon Do-yeon in Secret Sunshine

Performances

Tears Left to Cry: Jeon Do-yeon in Secret Sunshine

The Cannes-award-winning lead performance in Lee Chang-dong’s masterful melodrama captures both the pain and perverse pleasure of public crying.

By Andrew Chan

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A Newly Restored Paris Struts Back into Theaters
A Newly Restored Paris Struts Back into Theaters

Starting this weekend, Janus Films is putting Jennie Livingston’s extraordinary snapshot of Harlem’s drag balls of the 1980s back on the big screen.

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