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Love Streams: A Fitful Flow

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Love Streams: A Fitful Flow

The emotional culmination of a brilliant career in film, John Cassavetes’s unruly masterpiece is an enigmatic character study and a direct investigation of the nature of love.

By Dennis Lim


Aug 12, 2014
Insomnia: Unbearable Lightness

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Insomnia: Unbearable Lightness

Erik Skjoldbjærg’s sun-drenched noir follows a detective trying to conceal his amoral actions amid unforgiving daylight.

By Jonathan Romney


Jul 25, 2014
My Film

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My Film

The legendary Italian director discusses La notte’s inspirations and themes in this 1961 newspaper article that coincided with the film’s French release.

Summer with Monika: Summer Dreaming

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Summer with Monika: Summer Dreaming

Harriet Andersson’s Monika is both an erotic object and an empowered female protagonist in Bergman’s groundbreaker.

By Laura Hubner


May 29, 2012
Summer Interlude: Love and Death in the Swedish Summer

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Summer Interlude: Love and Death in the Swedish Summer

A watershed film in Bergman’s career, this tale of a woman caught between the past and present is a masterful study in darkness and light.

By Peter Cowie


May 29, 2012
Certified Copy: At Home and Abroad

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Certified Copy: At Home and Abroad

Iranian master director Abbas Kiarostami voyaged to Italy to make a film that questions love, relationships, and Western art cinema.

By Godfrey Cheshire


May 23, 2012
Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

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Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

These five films chart the unlikely ascendance of a hero of American underground cinema.

By Michael Koresky


May 22, 2012
The Original Piece of Wood I Left in Your Head

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The Original Piece of Wood I Left in Your Head

Circumlocutory critic Perkus Tooth sits down with a very patient Spike Jonze to talk gerunds and colons.


May 15, 2012
The Last Temptation of Christ: Passion Project

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The Last Temptation of Christ: Passion Project

The controversy surrounding the release of Scorsese’s film obscured its radical and profound spirituality.

By David Ehrenstein


Apr 25, 2000