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Best Films of the Nineties, a New Book from Bordwell, Martel’s Comeback Zama

  • The latest issue of Senses of Cinema looks back fifty years to reflect on films that captured the cultural and political tumult of 1967.
  • If you’re in the mood for another flashback, Little White Lies has you covered with its list of the 100 best films of the nineties, which includes A Brighter Summer Day, The Player, Breaking the Waves, Close-up, and Slacker.
  • Jack Harris, the producer behind such cult classics as The Blob and Equinox, passed away this week at the age of ninety-eight.
  • Exciting news for Orson Welles lovers: thanks to Netflix, the much-delayed effort to complete the director’s unfinished final work, The Other Side of the Wind, has been revived.
  • Another Hollywood master, revered “woman’s director” George Cukor, is the subject of a new video essay that salutes some of his most dynamic leading ladies.
  • Need sartorial inspiration for the weekend? Over at Elle, twelve film and TV costume designers discuss their favorite on-screen looks.
  • For more on classic movie wardrobes, read Celia Reyer on glamour in the 1930s, when American cinema was at the center of the fashion universe.
  • Film scholar David Bordwell also explores golden-age Hollywood in an upcoming book, which he teased this week over on his blog.
  • The New Yorker’s Richard Brody explains how Thomas White’s newly restored 1966 film Who’s Crazy? achieves “a kind of total cinematic music” with the help of a soundtrack by jazz luminary Ornette Coleman.
  • Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel shares details on her new comeback film, Zama, which she describes as a “representation of the past that wouldn’t tie in with the way history is depicted in America.”
  • In a new podcast at the Talkhouse, Agnès Varda and Kirsten Johnson discuss art, documentary, and creative transgression.

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