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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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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.

Cristian Mungiu’s Closet Picks
Cristian Mungiu’s Closet Picks

The director of Graduation and Beyond the Hills shares personal stories of growing up as a movie lover in Romania and picks up a few of his favorite films.

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Dragon Inn: Poised for Battle
Dragon Inn: Poised for Battle

The martial-arts film was never the same after King Hu got his hands on it, reinventing the genre with subtle editing and dazzling choreography.

By Andrew Chan

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The Birth of a Hollywood Bad Girl
The Birth of a Hollywood Bad Girl

The product of consummate artistry and savvy promotion, Marlene Dietrich’s salacious image opened up erotic frontiers for a generation of moviegoers.

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Dropping in on the Texas Theatre
Dropping in on the Texas Theatre

The movie theater Lee Harvey Oswald ducked into after shooting John F. Kennedy has undergone a reinvention, becoming one of the most exciting cultural hubs in Dallas.

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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.