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The Valedictory Anthem That Takes Us Inside Inside Llewyn Davis

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The Valedictory Anthem That Takes Us Inside Inside Llewyn Davis

The heartbreaking lament “Fare Thee Well” builds in resonance as it drifts through multiple scenes in the Coen brothers’ folk-fueled drama.

By Nate Chinen

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Alan Parker: “There Is an Identity to My Films”
Alan Parker: “There Is an Identity to My Films”

The British director of sprightly musicals, wrenching family dramas, and gripping political thrillers was seventy-six.

By David Hudson

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Death and Other Strangers

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Death and Other Strangers

This week we’re reading about Stanley Kubrick, Jean-Luc Godard, Luchino Visconti, Amy Seimetz, and the cinematic allure of fictional cults.

By David Hudson

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Previewing Il Cinema Ritrovato 2020
Previewing Il Cinema Ritrovato 2020

The festival of new restorations will host the Venice Classics program and celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.

By David Hudson

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Venice Aims to Revive Cinema
Venice Aims to Revive Cinema

The show must go on. The festival presents a lineup of new work from Frederick Wiseman, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Ann Hui, Lav Diaz, Abel Ferrara, and more.

By David Hudson

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Olivia de Havilland’s Victories
Olivia de Havilland’s Victories

Having won the hearts of audiences and costars, one of the brightest lights of Hollywood’s golden age also scored a landmark victory in the courts.

By David Hudson

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Carry That Weight: The Films of Atom Egoyan
Carry That Weight: The Films of Atom Egoyan

The Canadian auteur’s fanatically elaborate puzzle-box narratives invite the audience to discover their hidden meanings and bear the psychological burdens of their characters.

By Adam Nayman

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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland Heads to Four Fall Festivals
Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland Heads to Four Fall Festivals

Venice, Toronto, Telluride, and New York will present Zhao’s third feature starring Frances McDormand.

By David Hudson

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Legacies and Listicles

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Legacies and Listicles

On our minds this week: Bruce Lee’s legacy, Alfonso Cuarón’s dystopia, Hitchcock’s hands, and those Black Lives Matter movie lists.

By David Hudson

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Festivals as We’ve Never Known Them Before
Festivals as We’ve Never Known Them Before

Here’s the latest on how Venice, Toronto, Locarno, and other festivals are radically rethinking this year’s editions.

By David Hudson

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Taste of Cherry: Stay Near the Tree
Taste of Cherry: Stay Near the Tree

The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, Abbas Kiarostami’s tale of one man’s despair leaves the question of whether life is worth living unanswered.

By A. S. Hamrah

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Games for Advanced Players

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Games for Advanced Players

Studio Ghibli for the kids, Bergman and Pasolini for the grownups, and more highlights from the week that was.

By David Hudson

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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Parisian Rendezvous
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Parisian Rendezvous

For his first project set outside of Japan, the great director drew on the deep influence French cinema has long had on his filmmaking.

By Hillary Weston

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July Books
July Books

This month’s round features reviews of books on Jacques Tati, Kelly Reichardt, Terrence Malick, Jordan Peele, and many more.

By David Hudson

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The Lady Eve: Sweet Revenge
The Lady Eve: Sweet Revenge

Hollywood has never produced a comedy more acutely witty, more sexually playful, or more unexpectedly moving than this flawlessly engineered masterpiece by Preston Sturges.

By Geoffrey O’Brien

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Water and Vessel: The Kung-Fu Movies of Bruce Lee
Water and Vessel: The Kung-Fu Movies of Bruce Lee

With his grace, power, and purpose, the martial artist turned himself into a global pop-culture icon, showing audiences what it takes to advance through the everyday labor of life.

By Jeff Chang

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Coping
Coping

We’d hoped to be making and watching movies in theaters again by now. That’s not happening, so now what?

By David Hudson

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Charlie Kaufman’s Antkind
Charlie Kaufman’s Antkind

Kaufman’s sprawling first novel is being met with generally positive reviews. And his next movie will premiere on Netflix in September.

By David Hudson

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Two by Two

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Two by Two

This week’s highlights come in pairs: Bill and Turner Ross, Michaela Coel and Thandie Newton, Bradford Young and Ava DuVernay, and more.

By David Hudson

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“A United Platform”
“A United Platform”

As festivals around the world carry on revising their plans, Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York band together.

By David Hudson

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Jason Moran Journeys to the Dawn of Jazz Cinema
Jason Moran Journeys to the Dawn of Jazz Cinema

The celebrated musician dives into the culture and history captured in a new series of jazz short films on the Criterion Channel, which features performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and other legendary artists.

By Andrew Chan

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The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire
The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire

The first and most influential film adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi classic, this brilliantly imagined vision of apocalypse captured American anxieties at the height of the Cold War.

By J. Hoberman

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Ennio Morricone’s Radical Romanticism
Ennio Morricone’s Radical Romanticism

The renowned composer of well over four hundred film scores was equally at home in avant experimentation and tear-jerking sentimentality.

By David Hudson

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Alone in There: Marnie Ellen Hertzler on Dirt Daughter
Alone in There: Marnie Ellen Hertzler on Dirt Daughter

The Baltimore-based filmmaker talks with us about her bold exploration of technology, sexuality, and loneliness, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

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