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“The Response Was Positive”

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“The Response Was Positive”

This week we’re learning about one of the world’s first tracking shots and catching up with Guy Maddin, Lewis Klahr, Sarah Cooper, and Steve Buscemi.

By David Hudson

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Irm Hermann, from Torture to Triumph
Irm Hermann, from Torture to Triumph

One of Fassbinder’s most beloved and abused performers, Hermann broke away and relaunched a lauded career.

By David Hudson

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Love at Harvest Time: A Conversation with Sandhya Suri
Love at Harvest Time: A Conversation with Sandhya Suri

Acclaimed for her work in documentary, the London-based director talks about her gorgeously photographed first foray into narrative filmmaking, The Field, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

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Husbands: Vows
Husbands: Vows

A film of volatile emotions that provides no catharsis, John Cassavetes’s exploration of masculinity finds the director at his most existential and abstract.

By Andrew Bujalski

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A Singular Voice, in Short
A Singular Voice, in Short

Martin Scorsese’s stylistically varied early short films reveal the energy and invention that would make him one of the most exciting American directors of his time.

By Bilge Ebiri

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A Global Lineup
A Global Lineup

Twenty-one festivals from around the world contribute to the eclectic lineup of the free We Are One: A Global Film Festival.

By David Hudson

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Stepping Out: On Watching Women Walk
Stepping Out: On Watching Women Walk

A pedestrian activity becomes a radical vision in Elevator to the Gallows, La notte, Vagabond, and other films that follow their female stars on foot.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Credit Where Credit’s Due: Polly Platt
Credit Where Credit’s Due: Polly Platt

Karina Longworth’s podcast You Must Remember This returns with a season devoted to the unjustly unheralded producer, production designer, and writer.

By David Hudson

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Wildlife: What Is and What Isn’t
Wildlife: What Is and What Isn’t

In this remarkably restrained adaptation of a Richard Ford novel, the midcentury American dream gives way to harsh reality as one Montana family begins to fall apart.

By Mark Harris

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Remembering Harvey Milk on His Ninetieth Birthday
Remembering Harvey Milk on His Ninetieth Birthday

The director of The Times of Harvey Milk pays tribute to one of LGBTQ history’s most beloved trailblazers and looks back on the making of the Oscar-winning documentary portrait.

By Rob Epstein

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Are the Shadows Lifting?

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Are the Shadows Lifting?

This week’s round features the story behind John Cassavetes’s debut feature and conversations with Dan Sallitt and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

By David Hudson

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Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance
Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance

Pioneering Hollywood filmmaker Dorothy Arzner brought a rare feminist sensibility to this backstage drama that explores the role of ambition, friendship, and love in the lives of two dancers.

By Sheila O’Malley

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The Memory Lane That Runs Through A Kid for Two Farthings

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The Memory Lane That Runs Through A Kid for Two Farthings

Now playing on the Criterion Channel, this underappreciated gem by British master Carol Reed captures the lively, antic spirit of a bustling section of London’s East End.

By Ella Taylor

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Michel Piccoli’s “Sneaky Subversion”
Michel Piccoli’s “Sneaky Subversion”

The range was remarkable, but the projects Piccoli selected and the directors he chose to work with are what make his body of work essential.

By David Hudson

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The Woman Who Invented the Hollywood Screenwriter
The Woman Who Invented the Hollywood Screenwriter

The highest-paid writer in Hollywood at a time when women were at the forefront of shaping the industry, Oscar winner Frances Marion created some of the most unforgettable stories in 1920s and ’30s American cinema.

By ​Pamela Hutchinson

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Mourning Lynn Shelton
Mourning Lynn Shelton

The beloved stalwart of the Seattle filmmaking community and accomplished director of high-profile television series was only fifty-four.

By David Hudson

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Missing the Movies

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Missing the Movies

Directors, actors, and critics look back on their most memorable moments in movie theaters, and the BFI spotlights the best of Japanese cinema.

By David Hudson

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Cannes Stories
Cannes Stories

Sorely missing the festival this year, filmmakers and critics swap memories and reflections.

By David Hudson

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The Lure of the Series
The Lure of the Series

Olivier Assayas, Sofia Coppola, and Paul Verhoeven have long-form serial narratives in the works.

By David Hudson

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The Great Escape: Not Caught
The Great Escape: Not Caught

John Sturges’s POW drama is an ode to ingenuity and cooperation that anticipated a wave of demythologizing war films.

By Sheila O’Malley

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May Books
May Books

This week’s round comes loaded with lists: 100 novels about cinema, fifty novelizations, and dozens of Sheila O’Malley’s favorite biographies.

By David Hudson

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The Sweet Taste of Queer Victory in The Times of Harvey Milk

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The Sweet Taste of Queer Victory in The Times of Harvey Milk

The director of Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project and Spaceship Earth reflects on the power of seeing a moment of pure joy—the defeat of California’s homophobic Proposition 6 in 1978—in Rob Epstein’s classic portrait of Harvey Milk.

By Matt Wolf

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Film Comment in Full

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Film Comment in Full

More highlights include a dossier on Hong Sang-soo, a letter from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Barry Jenkins’s conversation with the young stars of Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

By David Hudson

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Credit Where It’s Due: The Father of the Title Sequence
Credit Where It’s Due: The Father of the Title Sequence

To celebrate the centenary of Saul Bass, we spoke with six contemporary title designers about highlights from his legendary four-decade filmography.

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