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Watermelon Man: Melvin in Hollywoodland
Watermelon Man: Melvin in Hollywoodland

Melvin Van Peebles takes aim at Hollywood’s way of representing race in this blistering satire about a white man who wakes up one morning to discover that he has turned Black overnight.

By Racquel J. Gates

Don’t Play Us Cheap: The Sacredness of Saturday Night, or the Gospel According to Melvin Van Peebles
Don’t Play Us Cheap: The Sacredness of Saturday Night, or the Gospel According to Melvin Van Peebles

The first Black-directed movie musical of the modern film era, Melvin Van Peebles’s drama illuminates the cultural and political concerns of working-class Black people with delight and fancy.

By Lisa B. Thompson

Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song: “I’m Gonna Say a Black Ave Maria For You”
Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song: “I’m Gonna Say a Black Ave Maria For You”

Eschewing the accommodationist tendencies of social-problem films of the sixties, Melvin Van Peebles’s second feature launched blaxploitation film but also stands as a challenge to the blanket presumptions about the genre that exist today.

By Michael B. Gillespie

The Story of a Three Day Pass: Ordinary Love
The Story of a Three Day Pass: Ordinary Love

Melvin Van Peebles’s feature debut riffs on the French New Wave to tell a love story that portrays interracial intimacy and unflinchingly confronts the distortions of racism.

By Allyson Nadia Field

Rodarte’s Closet Picks
Rodarte’s Closet Picks

The sisters behind the acclaimed fashion brand share their love for the iconoclastic filmmakers who have inspired them.

Love & Basketball: For Your Heart
Love & Basketball: For Your Heart

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s iconic debut portrays Black love without forcing its heroine to compromise herself and her ambitions.

By Roxane Gay

John Huston, Freudian
John Huston, Freudian

The legendary Hollywood auteur channeled his deep fascination with the father of psychoanalysis in three revelatory but underappreciated films: Let There Be Light, Freud, and Reflections in a Golden Eye.

By Michael Sragow

Throw Down: Down but Not Out
Throw Down: Down but Not Out

Johnnie To pays homage to Akira Kurosawa in this martial arts drama about the virtue of struggle and self-improvement.

By Sean Gilman

Dash Shaw’s Top 10
Dash Shaw’s Top 10

The acclaimed animator behind Cryptozoo shares a selection of his favorite films, including works by Godard, Cronenberg, and Almodóvar.

Mona Lisa: Underground Errand
Mona Lisa: Underground Errand

A staple of 1980s British cinema, Neil Jordan’s crime drama considers the slippery characters that inhabit the London underworld.

By Ryan Gilbey

Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life

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Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life

The Los Angeles–based artist behind the covers for our editions of Amarcord and The Awful Truth discusses the evolution of her work.

Now Voyageurs: Il Cinema Ritrovato 2021
Now Voyageurs: Il Cinema Ritrovato 2021

In the thirty-fifth edition of the Italian festival dedicated to restored films, an eclectic lineup underscores the transportive physicality of cinema after a long year stuck at home.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life
Inside Criterion  – 13 Sep 2021