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Brewster McCloud – Robert Altman (1970)

“Brewster McCloud is a 1970 American black comedy film directed by Robert Altman. The film follows a young recluse (Bud Cort, as the title character) who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome, where he is building a … Continue reading

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Travel Italy through the work of Federico Fellini

“Born in 1920, Federico Fellini is recognised as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Throughout the 1940s, the young filmmaker amassed many writing credits, most notably co-writing the screenplay for Rome, Open City, directed by Roberto Rossellini. This, famously, led Fellini to … Continue reading

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Rogue, Hero, Icon: On Paul Newman’s Taste for Literary Adaptations

“Watching Ethan Hawke’s HBO docuseries The Last Movie Stars, I was struck by an early scene where Gore Vidal, voiced by actor Brooks Ashmanskas, recounts how he became friends with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It was around 1954, and … Continue reading

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Belted, Booted and Buckled: B-Movie Title Design of the 1960s

The Golden Age of the American B-Movie Title Sequence – Part 2: The End of the Production Code. “The ’60s were a time of change, not only in politics and social norms, but also the arts, and cinema in particular. … Continue reading

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Yvonne Rainer, a Giant of Choreography, Makes Her Last Dance

Yvonne Rainer, 87, photographed in Fort Tryon Park. “In 1966, Yvonne Rainer presented ‘Trio A,’ her celebrated solo that emphasized movement over expression. By stripping dance of narrative, of emotion and even of the dancer’s gaze — there is no … Continue reading

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Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’: The Unrelenting Male Gaze that Blurs the Lines Between Possession and Obsession

“It is no secret that the late Alfred Hitchcock was—and still is—not only one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, but also the ‘Master of Suspense.’ After having started his career as a silent film title … Continue reading

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Jean-Luc Godard, Daring Director Who Shaped the French New Wave, Dies at 91

“Jean-Luc Godard, the daringly innovative director and provocateur whose unconventional camera work, disjointed narrative style and penchant for radical politics changed the course of filmmaking in the 1960s, leaving a lasting influence on it, died on Tuesday at his home … Continue reading

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Alain Robbe- Grillet: Six Films, 1963-1974

L’Homme qui ment (1968) “When a body of work is inherently made up of intricately layered themes and hidden caches of ideas, surmising the work as a whole can be extremely difficult.  This is never more prescient than in the … Continue reading

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City Lights – Amy Taubin on “New York, 1962–1964: Underground and Experimental Cinema”

Shirley Clarke, The Cool World, 1963, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 125 minutes. “An utterly amazing, and necessary series, ‘New York, 1962–1964: Underground and Experimental Cinema,’ curated by Thomas Beard and Dan Sullivan at New York’s Film at Lincoln Center, comprises … Continue reading

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Jean-Luc Godard: His Life to Live

“In the October 1950 Issue of La Gazette du cinema, a young Jean-Luc Godard, writing pseudonymously, penned a sentence that serves, for biographer Richard Brody, as a skeleton key to the legendary director’s often-inscrutable inner workings: ‘At the cinema, we … Continue reading

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