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Marianne Faithfull Brings on the Heartbreak in Made in U.S.A

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Marianne Faithfull Brings on the Heartbreak in Made in U.S.A

With her a capella take on the Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By,” the singer turns a brief moment in one of Godard’s most playful films into a reflection on loss.

By Michael Atkinson

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Wim Wenders’s Celestial Masterpiece Looks Sharper Than Ever
Wim Wenders’s Celestial Masterpiece Looks Sharper Than Ever

A new 4K restoration of the immortal city symphony Wings of Desire begins its theatrical run in New York City this weekend.

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Hour of the Wolf and From the Life of the Marionettes: The Strength of Surrender

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Hour of the Wolf and From the Life of the Marionettes: The Strength of Surrender

Separated by more than a decade in Ingmar Bergman’s filmography, these two formally masterful dramas uncover the ugliness of male aggression and brutality.

By Sarinah Masukor

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Silent Rapture in Winston-Salem

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Silent Rapture in Winston-Salem

One of the greatest of all silent films screens at a/perture cinema this Saturday, with a presentation by a Wake Forest University religious-studies professor.

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Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?
Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?

A public-television commission intended to raise class consciousness, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day inspired heated debates about its political orientation.

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Ping Zhu Harnesses the Wild Energy of Tampopo

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Ping Zhu Harnesses the Wild Energy of Tampopo

With her thick, flowing brushstrokes and eccentric sensibility, illustrator Ping Zhu captured the buoyant flavor of Juzo Itami’s “ramen western.”

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Shampoo: First as Farce
Shampoo: First as Farce

Seen as a light-hearted farce upon its release, this star-studded comedy by Hal Ashby stands as one of Hollywood’s most prescient portraits of post-Watergate politics.


By Frank Rich

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John Grant’s Top 10

John Grant is an Iceland-based musician whose most recent album, Love Is Magic, is now available via Partisan Records.


The Commentary That Made Home-Video History
The Commentary That Made Home-Video History

Film historian Ronald Haver breaks down one of classic Hollywood’s most iconic action sequences in this clip from our laserdisc release of King Kong.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
Crisis and A Ship to India: Bergman in the Making

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Crisis and A Ship to India: Bergman in the Making

Two early works by Ingmar Bergman show the Swedish master grappling with the conventions of melodrama, which would go on to influence his later explorations of spiritual torment.

By Christine Smallwood

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