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    • The BFI offers a primer on the films of John Cassavetes in celebration of what would have been the director’s eighty-seventh birthday.
    • In February, Aki Kaurismäki will be releasing the Helsinki-shot The Other Side of Hope, the second installment in his trilogy of port-city films, which began with 2011’s Le Havre.
    • In Film Comment’s latest TCM Diary column, Imogen Sara Smith explores the connection between live performance and the inception of sound-film technology: “It’s a well-known irony that Vitaphone shorts helped to kill vaudeville while also preserving it, like a collection of butterflies on pins—only a lot louder and livelier.”
    • For more insights into early cinema, check out the National Film Preservation Foundation’s website, where you can stream forty-seven highlights from the American Film Archives, including several works from the first decades of the twentieth century.
    • Greta Gerwig talks with Entertainment Weekly about the joys of dancing on the set of Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women.
    • For BuzzFeed, Alison Willmore examines how three acclaimed films from the past year “tackle the dilemma of being powerful and female in a world in which forcefulness and femininity are still treated as incompatible.”
    • While we’re on the topic of unforgettable women in film, read Melissa Anderson on Hong Kong screen goddess Maggie Cheung, the subject of a career retrospective opening today at New York’s Metrograph theater.
    • Laura Linney shares a list of ten books she couldn’t live without, including Eleanor Roosevelt’s You Learn by Living and the complete plays of Anton Chekhov.
    • Adrian Curry’s also in a list-making mood. Over at MUBI, he shows some love to our new Dekalog design in his roundup of the best film posters of 2016.

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