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    • On the occasion of the Japan Society’s Japan Cuts film festival, The Fader’s Ruth Saxelby spoke with film music icon Ryuichi Sakamoto. When asked about his work on Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, the composer recalls star David Bowie as “so intelligent and charming . . . The subjects of his conversations were so broad, people were naturally led to listen to him.”
    • On the BFI’s blog, critic Sophie Monks Kaufman explores six female-directed films about masculinity, including Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-hiker, Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground, and Claire Denis’s Beau travail.
    • For The A.V. Club’s Random Roles column, Keith Carradine revisits some of his most memorable performances over the last four decades and shares a story about his audition for Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller.
    • Jonathan Rosenbaum posted an edited version of a conversation with critic and film historian Ehsan Khoshbakht about the late Abbas Kiarostami, conducted for Underline magazine earlier this month.
    • The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced this week that Ava DuVernay’s new film about racial inequality in the U.S., The 13th, will be the first ever nonfiction work to open the New York Film Festival.
    • Over on her blog Film Studies for Free, Catherine Grant has published a tribute to the late film critic and scholar V. F. Perkins, including videos, interviews, and links to his writing.
    • For Film Comment’s podcast, digital editor Violet Lucca, editorial director Michael Koresky, and writer Farran Smith Nehme discuss the literary adaptations of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory:

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