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Danielle Darrieux's Centennial, Bergman Loves Sex and the City

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Danielle Darrieux's Centennial, Bergman Loves Sex and the City

To celebrate the centennial birthday of iconic French actor Danielle Darrieux, Dan Callahan has written an ode to her breathtaking work in the films of Max Ophuls and Jacques Demy. Of her performance in The Earrings of Madame de . . ., he writes: “…

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Jonathan Demme's Wild Comedy, Ry Cooder in Cuba, Movie Classicism

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Jonathan Demme's Wild Comedy, Ry Cooder in Cuba, Movie Classicism

With its startling mix of tones and genres, Jonathan Demme’s 1986 Something Wild captures the destabilizing experience of falling in love. Kim Morgan looks back on this “moody, transgressive, genre-bending, weirdly romantic (and unromantic)” co…

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This Year’s Cannes Lineup, Readings on Akerman, Early Czech Cinema

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This Year’s Cannes Lineup, Readings on Akerman, Early Czech Cinema

The just-announced 2017 Cannes Film Festival lineup is a wealth of riches, with new work from Arnaud Desplechin, Abbas Kiarostami, Todd Haynes, Michael Haneke, Noah Baumbach, and Lynne Ramsay, plus a mystery-shrouded Twin Peaks revival. Bright Wall…

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Farewell to an Erotica Trailblazer, Classic One-Sheets, The Sound of Fritz Lang

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Farewell to an Erotica Trailblazer, Classic One-Sheets, The Sound of Fritz Lang

Radley Metzger, the erotica pioneer who took soft core and hard core to new heights of artistry, has passed away at the age of eighty-eight. The New York Times remembers the director’s career, which began in the early sixties when Janus Films hired…

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The Return of Twin Peaks, the Latest Cinema Scope, Japanese FX

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The Return of Twin Peaks, the Latest Cinema Scope, Japanese FX

In anticipation of the Twin Peaks revival set to debut on Showtime in May, GQ spends time with the infamously elusive David Lynch and compiles some awestruck testimonials from his frequent collaborators, including Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, and Mar…

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

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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 …

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Goodbye, Robert Osborne, Kurosawa’s Unfilmed Poe Project, a Chat With Léaud

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Goodbye, Robert Osborne, Kurosawa’s Unfilmed Poe Project, a Chat With Léaud

Classic film lovers everywhere were saddened to learn about the death of veteran TCM host Robert Osborne last Sunday. In a heartfelt tribute, Tiffany Vazquez, a daytime host on the channel, writes that “Robert’s wisdom, grace, and eloquence have …

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Persona, Wiseman, African Cinema in the Spotlight

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Persona, Wiseman, African Cinema in the Spotlight

In his latest Cinema ’67 Revisited column for Film Comment, Mark Harris looks back at the rapturous critical reception of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona upon its release, calling the film a monument “to a moment at which serious critics became comple…

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Bitter Tears onstage, remembering Richard Schickel, Marker in Korea

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Bitter Tears onstage, remembering Richard Schickel, Marker in Korea

In an excerpt from his new book This Young Monster, Charlie Fox considers the “fearsome lucidity” of Rainer Werner Fassbinder: “There were no signs of a drooling id let loose or canny subterfuge between his public image and private life: this w…

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On Amy Heckerling, Coutard Viewing, Martel and Malick Trailers

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On Amy Heckerling, Coutard Viewing, Martel and Malick Trailers

In a wide-ranging and moving new interview with online film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room, Guillermo del Toro discusses the political power of art, the election of Donald Trump, and the way that film “exists in a place that is responsive and emoti…

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Cinema’s Best Dream Sequences, a New Issue of Film Quarterly

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Cinema’s Best Dream Sequences, a New Issue of Film Quarterly

The BFI ruminates on ten masterful portraits of loneliness, including Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring, David Lean’s Summertime, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, and Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express. For Eye on Design, Emily Gos…

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The Music of Moonlight, Auster on TCM, a New History of Casablanca

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The Music of Moonlight, Auster on TCM, a New History of Casablanca

Over at the Ringer, K. Austin Collins takes the temperature of queer cinema today, with a focus on two gay-themed selections that were at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name.…

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The Dark Side of Television, Schoonmaker and Other Women in Film

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The Dark Side of Television, Schoonmaker and Other Women in Film

In a new interview with Film Comment, Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak discusses his collaborations with Krzysztof Kieślowski and his transition to working on Hollywood films like Gattaca and Black Hawk Down. “After the unexpected explosion…

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A Guide to Chinese Cinema, Kiarostami Photographs, a Tourneur Retrospective

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A Guide to Chinese Cinema, Kiarostami Photographs, a Tourneur Retrospective

Over at the BFI, John Berra has published a guide for getting to know some of Chinese-language cinema’s most revered filmmakers, including Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Wong Kar-wai. For its upcoming edition in Hong Kong this spring, the Swiss…

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Bowie and Film, on Gene Tierney, Huppert Profiled

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Bowie and Film, on Gene Tierney, Huppert Profiled

In remembrance of the late, great David Bowie, Sight & Sound examines the icon’s connection to cinema. Apart from his on-screen appearances, the influence of film manifests in everything from his groundbreaking videos and “widescreen” music…

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A Scorsese Interview, Fire Walk With Me on Vinyl, Kodak Brings Back Ektachrome!

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A Scorsese Interview, Fire Walk With Me on Vinyl, Kodak Brings Back Ektachrome!

With Alain Resnais’s Muriel, or The Time of Return now streaming on FilmStruck, Leo Robson explores how this radical meditation on memory “invites broader questions about what happens when we return to a movie: Is rewatching a compliment or a bet…

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On Napoléon, Ozu’s Pillow Shots, a Highsmith Series

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On Napoléon, Ozu’s Pillow Shots, a Highsmith Series

Richard Adams, the author of the beloved 1972 children’s novel Watership Down, passed away this week at the age of ninety-six. Adams’s best-selling book, which grapples with themes of political upheaval and ecological destruction through the stor…

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On Robeson, Moonlight Shines, an LGBTQ podcast from Film Comment

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On Robeson, Moonlight Shines, an LGBTQ podcast from Film Comment

Over at the BFI, Nathalie Morris recounts the trailblazing career of singer, actor, athlete, and activist Paul Robeson, “a true renaissance man who overcame racial prejudice to become one of the biggest stars of his time.” Greg Tate’s Village …

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Visiting Blow-Up Locations, Rushmore Enters the National Film Registry, a Scorsese Exhibition
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Maddin on Fassbinder, Hollywood Backdrops, Shirtless Men On-screen

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Maddin on Fassbinder, Hollywood Backdrops, Shirtless Men On-screen

In celebration of TIFF’s ongoing series Imitations of Life: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Guy Maddin takes a look at the German master’s predilection for lush color palettes. In his latest TCM Diary for Film Comment, Steven Mears examin…

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Film Comment Arrives, Overlook Film Festival, the History of French Noir

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Film Comment Arrives, Overlook Film Festival, the History of French Noir

The November/December issue of Film Comment has arrived, and the highlights include Mark Harris on queer representation in contemporary cinema, Violet Lucca on the power of digital VFX software, and Eric Hynes on the forty-year history of t…

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Horror Road Trip, Balthazar at Fifty, the Influential Carnival of Souls

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Horror Road Trip, Balthazar at Fifty, the Influential Carnival of Souls

Just in time for Halloween, the travel blog Atlas Obscura has put together a map of creepy movie locations across America, including the Pennsylvania theater featured in The Blob and the Washington café that serves as the Double R Diner in Twin Peak…

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Gotham Nod for Cameraperson, Yang Restored, Scorsese on Brando

The 2016 Gotham Award nominations were announced yesterday, and we were proud to see Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, a Janus Films release, in contention for best documentary. Writing on Claude Arnaud’s expansive new book, Jean Cocteau: A Life, K…

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NYFF Roundup and More

In anticipation of the fifty-fourth annual New York Film Festival, opening tonight, Indiewire has surveyed the must-see films playing in the revivals section, including Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Memories o…

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