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The Labyrinth and the Plague
The Labyrinth and the Plague

The chaos of a rapidly changing world and a politically turbulent decade come into focus in a series of science-fiction films made in the 1970s, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Ed Park

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Fresh Encounters and Return Visits

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Fresh Encounters and Return Visits

Cocteau in the ’50s, Jane Fonda in the ’60s, and Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in the ’70s feature in this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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

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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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SXSW 2020 Features Lineup
SXSW 2020 Features Lineup

The Austin film festival is set to launch new work by Spike Jonze, Amy Seimetz, RZA, Frank Oz, Judd Apatow, and Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar.

By David Hudson

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News from Cannes, Venice, Sundance, and Berlin
News from Cannes, Venice, Sundance, and Berlin

Cannes and Venice select jury presidents, and the Berlinale will present new work by Damien Chazelle, Athina Rachel Tsangari, and more.

By David Hudson

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Oscar Shut-Outs and Silver Linings
Oscar Shut-Outs and Silver Linings

There’s been a whole of kvetching, but also a bit of celebrating since the nominations were announced on Monday.

By David Hudson

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From Intimate Lighting to Cutter’s Way: Ivan Passer
From Intimate Lighting to Cutter’s Way: Ivan Passer

A key figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Passer went on to direct a classic American neonoir.

By David Hudson

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Structures and Strategies

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Structures and Strategies

How do movies work? It’s a question that seems to have been on more than a few minds this week.

By David Hudson

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Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist
Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist

With a mixture of intuition, craft, and an endless curiosity about how cinema can be used to shock and provoke, the Spanish master left us with a rich body of work that stands as a testament to the power of surrealism.

By Adrian Martin

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American Neorealism
American Neorealism

The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a series of films bearing aesthetic and political similarities to the Italian neorealist classics of the late 1940s.

By David Hudson

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To Save and Project 2020
To Save and Project 2020

MoMA presents an eclectic selection of new restorations and discoveries from around the world.

By David Hudson

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Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic
Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic

How do you tell a story that seems to be over? The director of Marriage Story talks with us about the craft that goes into building a shared history and intimacy between characters whose relationship is already fractured.

By Hillary Weston

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Godard in Paris
Godard in Paris

A major retrospective at the Cinémathèque française has us turning to writing by Peter Wollen, Gilberto Perez, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

By David Hudson

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Remembering Jack Garfein
Remembering Jack Garfein

The filmmaker, theater director, and Actors Studio instructor had a seemingly endless string of stories to tell.

By David Hudson

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Holiday: Play Mates
Holiday: Play Mates

With the chemistry they perfected in their third collaboration, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant proved they were a match made in screwball heaven.

By Dana Stevens

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Globes for Mendes, Tarantino, and Bong
Globes for Mendes, Tarantino, and Bong

1917 is now repositioned as a late frontrunner in the Oscar race.

By David Hudson

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Last Acts

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Last Acts

This week we’ve been reading about Orson Welles, Nina Menkes, Martin Scorsese, Luc Moullet, and the late Robert Frank.

By David Hudson

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Depth of Vision: The Grounded Cinema of William Wyler
Depth of Vision: The Grounded Cinema of William Wyler

The director of Margaret and Manchester by the Sea celebrates Hollywood’s greatest humanist, whose films are featured in a series now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Kenneth Lonergan

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Most Anticipated Films of 2020
Most Anticipated Films of 2020

Steven Spielberg, Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, Chloé Zhao, and Joanna Hogg are among the many directors ready to roll out their latest features.

By David Hudson

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Wrapping 2019 and the 2010s
Wrapping 2019 and the 2010s

Even with the Globes and Oscars still ahead of us, we’ve now entered the final round of serious list-making.

By David Hudson

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Hidden Gems of the 2010s
Hidden Gems of the 2010s

We asked some of our friends if they had underappreciated films from the past decade that they wanted to champion. Here’s what they chose.

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A Slew of Shorts and One Scénario

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A Slew of Shorts and One Scénario

This week’s highlights stretch from the earliest animated shorts through the best of 1929 and 2019 to Godard’s next project.

By David Hudson

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Retail Nightmare: A Trip Inside Peter Strickland’s Sensorium
Retail Nightmare: A Trip Inside Peter Strickland’s Sensorium

The director behind such audaciously stylized fantasias as The Duke of Burgundy and In Fabric looks back on his formative experiences at repertory movie theaters and department stores.

By Hillary Weston

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Near the Beginning of Until the End of the World
Near the Beginning of Until the End of the World

A key collaborator on Wim Wenders’ sci-fi magnum opus, Michael Almereyda shares a personal reflection written while the film was still taking shape in the editing room.

By Michael Almereyda

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