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The Hope That Fueled Bowling for Columbine
The Hope That Fueled Bowling for Columbine

How much can a film turn the tide on American violence? Michael Moore and archivist Carl Deal reflect on the moral urgency that gave rise to one of the most talked-about documentaries of all time.

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El Sur: A Complete Incomplete Film
El Sur: A Complete Incomplete Film

At a time when Spain was trying to leave its past behind, master filmmaker Víctor Erice transported viewers back to the post–Civil War era, examining its traumas through the eyes of a child.

By Elvira Lindo

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The Dark Side of Peter Lorre in Madison

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The Dark Side of Peter Lorre in Madison

As part of a series celebrating the work of actor Peter Lorre, the University of Wisconsin–Madison is presenting a screening of Fritz Lang‘s masterpiece M.

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A Born Editor: Remembering Françoise Bonnot (1939–2018)
A Born Editor: Remembering Françoise Bonnot (1939–2018)

The great French editor talks about growing up in the cutting room and how she became one of Costa-Gavras’s most trusted collaborators.

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Bowling for Columbine: By Any Means Necessary
Bowling for Columbine: By Any Means Necessary

A galvanizing mix of polemic and entertainment, Michael Moore’s look at the American gun obsession is as chillingly relevant today as when it was released.

By Eric Hynes

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Mistress of Ceremonies
Mistress of Ceremonies

Marlene Dietrich’s sexually authoritative, coolly insolent persona was the product of meticulous screen craft.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence

With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.

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Bringing the Grit to Philippine Cinema
Bringing the Grit to Philippine Cinema

For Philippine master Lino Brocka, casting a mix of nonprofessional and professional actors was key to achieving his brand of unvarnished naturalism.

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Forbidden Love in Champaign

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Forbidden Love in Champaign

Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows screens on Monday as part of a series celebrating some of cinema’s most fiercely independent female characters.

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Mightier Than the Sword: Shinobu Hashimoto at 100
Mightier Than the Sword: Shinobu Hashimoto at 100

Can screenwriters change the course of film history? The work of key Kurosawa collaborator Shinobu Hashimoto proves they can.

By Stephen Prince

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