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How Curtis Mayfield and Gladys Knight Created a Sound for Working-Class Black America
How Curtis Mayfield and Gladys Knight Created a Sound for Working-Class Black America

The deeply introspective music in Claudine brings layers of emotional authenticity and nuance to a portrait of Black love and family.

By Mark Anthony Neal

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Cannes in 2020 and 2021
Cannes in 2020 and 2021

Artistic director Thierry Frémaux hosts a special three-day event in the Grand Théâtre Lumière and cautiously looks ahead to next year’s edition.

By David Hudson

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Nightmare Scenarios
Nightmare Scenarios

A good number of film publications are reminding us that this is the season for terrifying ourselves.

By David Hudson

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Parasite: Notes from the Underground
Parasite: Notes from the Underground

In his tension-filled, black-comic Oscar winner, Bong Joon Ho masterfully mixes tones and subverts genres in order to shine a harsh light on the mechanisms that maintain class inequality.

By Inkoo Kang

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Movie and More New Issues
Movie and More New Issues

A handful of journals offer welcome diversion in anxious times.

By David Hudson

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Marlon Riggs, Ancestor
Marlon Riggs, Ancestor

A Pulitzer Prize–winning poet pays tribute to the liberating power of the pioneering filmmaker and his truth-telling body of work.

By Jericho Brown

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Pop Histories

Did You See This?

Pop Histories

A new Senses of Cinema, free access to the NYRB archive, and the return of drive-in theaters are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Cary Grant in Books and Bristol
Cary Grant in Books and Bristol

The subject of two new biographies, the Hollywood icon is being celebrated in his hometown.

By David Hudson

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Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With
Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With

A highlight at this year’s SXSW, the short film Dirty depicts a moment of sexual intimacy between two young men with a candor that’s still rare in American independent cinema.

By Penelope Bartlett

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The Gunfighter: You Can’t Go Home Again
The Gunfighter: You Can’t Go Home Again

Subverting the archetypes and redemptive tropes of the western, Henry King’s melancholy tale of violence peers into the soul of a legendary gunslinger.

By K. Austin Collins

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October Books
October Books

The irrepressible spirit of Pasolini wafts in and out of this month’s round.

By David Hudson

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A Writer’s Retreat

First Person

A Writer’s Retreat

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a New York writer recalls the pure, easy pleasures of the multiplex and the feeling of escape at the heart of moviegoing.

By Sloane Crosley

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Filmmakers’ Presences

Did You See This?

Filmmakers’ Presences

This week we’re reading Jacques Rancière on Pedro Costa, J. Hoberman on Pietro Marcello and Jack London, and Sasha Frere-Jones on Jóhann Jóhannsson.

By David Hudson

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Fassbinder and Kraftwerk: A Marriage Made in a New Germany

Songbook

Fassbinder and Kraftwerk: A Marriage Made in a New Germany

The iconic band’s 1976 song “Radio-Activity” finds a perfect home in the final episode of Berlin Alexanderplatz, providing a musical correlative to the film’s interrogation of national identity.

By Violet Lucca

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“Caste Is the Bones, Race the Skin”
“Caste Is the Bones, Race the Skin”

A quick survey of projects in the works coming from Ava DuVernay, Steven Soderbergh, Park Chan-wook, Clint Eastwood, and Ridley Scott.

By David Hudson

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Pixar’s Soul Wows and Confounds
Pixar’s Soul Wows and Confounds

The first raves are in, but we’ll have to wait until Christmas Day to see it.

By David Hudson

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Claudine: A Happy Home
Claudine: A Happy Home

During a pivotal time for Black cinema, John Berry’s beautifully lived-in drama offered a portrait of an African American family that stood in opposition to a long history of harmful stereotypes.

By Danielle A. Jackson

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Azazel Jacobs’s French Exit
Azazel Jacobs’s French Exit

Some critics are amused, others aren’t, but everyone agrees that Michelle Pfeiffer is outstanding.

By David Hudson

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When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier
When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier

In this sprawling interview, the veteran French journalist recounts the long, eccentric research journey behind his newly translated portrait of the writers who fueled American cinema in the thirties and forties.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Does Any of This Make Sense?

Did You See This?

Does Any of This Make Sense?

This week we’re revisiting Irma Vep, more than a century of animation, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard and Michael Snow.

By David Hudson

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People and Places of Scoundrels & Spitballers
People and Places of Scoundrels & Spitballers

Tinseltown’s golden age comes to life in this supplemental guide to our conversation with journalist Philippe Garnier.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Garrett Bradley’s Time
Garrett Bradley’s Time

The poetic portrait of a mother struggling to reunite her family won a documentary directing award at Sundance.

By David Hudson

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The Meaning of Money in The Game

One Scene

The Meaning of Money in The Game

A rich investment banker obliviously meets a moment of reckoning in David Fincher’s intricately plotted thriller.

By Gina Telaroli

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Currents: Code Unknown
Currents: Code Unknown

The NYFF’s program of five short works is currently screening virtually through Saturday.

By David Hudson

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