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Deeper into Ozu

Six writers celebrate the 120th anniversary of Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu’s birth by highlighting underacknowledged elements of his artistry and lesser-known gems in his oeuvre.

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Irene Goes Wild

The great but underrated Hollywood star Irene Dunne made her transition to screwball comedy by playing the scandal-courting author at the heart of Theodora Goes Wild.

By Benjamin Dreyer

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Slash Americana: Strange Behavior’s Eerie Charm

With an inscrutable aesthetic that feels stumbled upon as much as developed, Michael Laughlin’s cult B movie is a delirious mix of science fiction, horror, and American pastoral archetypes.

By Howard Hampton

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All Aboard the Ghost Ship: Hiroshi Matsuno’s Folk Phantasmagoria The Living Skeleton

This underappreciated 1968 film is a feast of dark delights, filled with vengeful ghosts, psychically linked identical twins, obsessed mad scientists, creepy priests, and seemingly sentient skeletons.

By Adam Nayman

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Alain Resnais’s Unexpected (and Unjustly Neglected) Art-House Hit

A playfully philosophical drama, My American Uncle has been largely forgotten, yet it is the most down-to-earth of the French master’s exhilarating engagements with modernist aesthetics.

By Gavin Smith

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Cartoons of a Different Kind

Working with meager budgets and few resources, Michael Sporn created a graceful, pared-down aesthetic that was distinctive in the realm of children’s entertainment.

By Dan Schindel

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American Families

A collage of home-movie footage dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, Alan Berliner’s The Family Album raises questions about how we understand and imagine American life in that era.

By Radha Vatsal

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Two Fly-on-the-Wall Documentaries Chronicle Trans Life in the Shadows

Made in the 1990s, The Salt Mines and The Transformation take an unflinching look at the bigotry and economic hardships faced by a community of trans sex workers of color.

By Caden Mark Gardner

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The Horror Gem That Kicks Off Three Cases of Murder

One of the first recognized female filmmakers to hail from the UK, Wendy Toye delivers the strongest, most chilling vision in this underappreciated omnibus film, which features Orson Welles and Alan Badel.

By Laura Kern

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Keaton at the Crossroads: Buster’s Last Silent Comedy, Spite Marriage

Despite the studio system’s stifling conditions, Buster Keaton’s follow-up to The Cameraman remains a testament to the funnyman’s singular style.

By Stephen Winer

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Home Is Where the Struggle Is: Victoria Keith’s Activist Lens in The Sand Island Story

Residents of a neglected Hawaiian island fight against eviction and mistreatment in this consciousness-raising documentary from 1981, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By E. Tammy Kim

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The Sequel to Her Dreams: Hiroshi Teshigahara and Kobo Abe’s Ako

Few films have captured the recklessness and melancholy of youth more vividly than this underappreciated short film, made the same year as Teshigahara’s widely acknowledged masterpiece, Woman in the Dunes.

By Carlos Valladares

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The Art of the Chore: Roberta Cantow’s Feminist Classic Clotheslines

A domestic ritual inspires feelings of resentment, nostalgia, and aesthetic passion in this short documentary from 1981.

By Neyat Yohannes

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Masaki Kobayashi Plays Hardball

A noirish tale of closed-door dealings and systemic corruption, I Will Buy You is the anti-sports movie that feels most like baseball in 2020.

By Mark Asch

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The Memory Lane That Runs Through A Kid for Two Farthings

Now playing on the Criterion Channel, this underappreciated gem by British master Carol Reed captures the lively, antic spirit of a bustling section of London’s East End.

By Ella Taylor

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Only the Lonely: Maren Ade’s Squirm-Inducing Debut Feature

The director of Toni Erdmann burst onto the international festival circuit in 2003 with a piercing, unsettlingly funny look at the life of an idealistic schoolteacher.

By Phillip Lopate

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Manic Mahler

British cinema’s mad genius Ken Russell dispenses with history, chronology, genre, and taste in this wild reimagining of the great composer’s life.

By David Cairns

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Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie

The arrival of sound proved an enormous challenge for the geniuses of silent comedy. But Harold Lloyd, with his unflappable determination, finally made a successful transition.

By Stephen Winer

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The Silent Gaze in Satyajit Ray’s Almost-Love Story

In one of his most underrated gems, now playing on the Criterion Channel, the Bengali master explored the futility of words and the power of a look.

By Terrence Rafferty

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The Angriest Cartoon in the World

David Lynch took his obsession with lost American innocence into bizarre new territory in the cartoon series DumbLand, originally made for his website and now available on the Criterion Channel.

By Michael Atkinson

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A Flower in the Mud: Val Lewton’s Isle of the Dead

A showcase for some of Boris Karloff’s most nuanced acting, this beguiling horror gem is perfect Halloween viewing.

By Dan Callahan

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Machine Gun McCain and the Birth of the Cassavetes Clan

Before John Cassavetes and his core group of actors became famous for their unflinching melodramas, they converged in this tough and dirty Italian gangster film.

By Nick Pinkerton

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Corridor of Mirrors: The Eternal Return

Building on a rich lineage of gothic fairy tales and noirish melodramas, this lavishly stylized curio has an ominous beauty all its own.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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A Tale of Two Hiroshimas

Two of the earliest films to depict the bombing of Hiroshima show how politics shapes national mourning.

By Kazu Watanabe