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Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen

A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.

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How Jane Fonda’s Feminist Awakening Collided with Klute
How Jane Fonda’s Feminist Awakening Collided with Klute

The Oscar-winning actor remembers how her heightened political consciousness in the early 1970s led to her initial hesitation to take on the leading role in Alan J. Pakula’s psychological thriller.

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The Baker’s Wife: Bread, Love, and a Trophy Wife
The Baker’s Wife: Bread, Love, and a Trophy Wife

In his first major film to capture the Provençal setting that would come to define his work, Marcel Pagnol brilliantly combined comedy and emotion, theater and cinema.

By Ginette Vincendeau

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Almodóvar, From Now to Then
Almodóvar, From Now to Then

Rejecting the repression of Franco-era Spain, Pedro Almodóvar made his name with exuberant films set in an eternal present. But by the turn of the century, his cinema began to drift toward memories of a not so distant past.

By Colm Tóibín

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Klute: Trying to See Her
Klute: Trying to See Her

Alan J. Pakula’s partnership with a newly politicized Jane Fonda turned what could have been a run-of-the-mill detective movie into a psychologically vivid portrait of a strong female character.

By Mark Harris

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Gregory Manchess’s Visions in Oil

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Gregory Manchess’s Visions in Oil

The veteran illustrator behind our covers for Jubal, 3:10 to Yuma, and A Night to Remember invites us inside his creative process.

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A Neglected Reggae Classic Finally Gets Its Due
A Neglected Reggae Classic Finally Gets Its Due

Now playing on the Criterion Channel, Franco Rosso’s underappreciated drama Babylon is one of the most essential portraits of the immigrant experience in British film history.

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Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable
Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable

The acclaimed Polish director explains how her international breakthrough film, Europa Europa, was inspired by a desire to tell a different, less predictable kind of Holocaust story.

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A Woman’s Voice: Ingrid Bergman in Five Languages
A Woman’s Voice: Ingrid Bergman in Five Languages

Over the course of her five-decade career, one of cinema’s greatest globe-trotters brought her musical, richly expressive voice to an impressive array of cultural contexts.

By Dan Callahan

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The Dissidence of Others
The Dissidence of Others

Agnieszka Holland challenges romantic notions of civil unrest and revolutionary activism in her magnificently bleak period miniseries Burning Bush, which is now available to stream on the Criterion Channel.

By Ella Taylor

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Europa Europa: Border States
Europa Europa: Border States

This darkly comic vision of survival and deception during the Holocaust captures a crisis of ideological fanaticism that continues to plague contemporary Europe.

By Amy Taubin

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A Tolstoy Adaptation That Defies Gravity
A Tolstoy Adaptation That Defies Gravity

Cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky talks about the innovative camera work that made some of War and Peace’s most ambitious sequences possible.

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