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Topaz – Alfred Hitchcock (1969)

“It’s perfectly apparent from its opening sequence that no one except Alfred Hitchcock, the wise, round, supremely confident storyteller, is in charge of ‘Topaz,’ the film that opened yesterday at the Cinerama Theater. ‘Topaz,’ the code name for a Russian … Continue reading

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Edie Sedgwick: The life and death of the Sixties star

Factory Girl Edie Sedgwick Painting, Dane Shue “‘Her fog, her amphetamine, and her pearls…’ With three nouns, in ‘Just Like a Woman’ (said to have been inspired by her), Bob Dylan deftly summed up his friend Edie Sedgwick, the wayward … Continue reading

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I Knew Her Well – Antonio Pietrangeli (1965)

“If there’s anything as thrilling as discovering something new and good, it’s rediscovering something old and great. And the most exciting movie I’ve come across in the past few months—I Knew Her Well by Antonio Pietrangeli—was made in 1965. While … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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The Rise of a New American Cinema, 1959 – 1971 – Jonas Mekas

“Back in the day when I was an aspiring young artist, one of my bibles was a well-worn copy (gotten at the late-great independent bookstore Paperbacks Unlimited) of Movie Journal, a collection of columns by filmmaker/impresario Jonas Mekas that had … Continue reading

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Marguerite Duras

“Marguerite Duras (1914–1996) is one of France’s most important and interesting intellectual figures. She excelled at being a writer, filmmaker and dramatist. After the Second World War she also worked for a number of years as a journalist for France-Observateur. … Continue reading

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Pierrot le Fou – Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

“Pierrot le Fou (pronounced [pjɛʁo lə fu], French for ‘Crazy Pierrot’) is a 1965 French New Wave film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina. The film is based on the 1962 novel Obsession by Lionel White. It … Continue reading

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“The Ecstasy of Gold”

“‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ is the title of a song composed by Ennio Morricone and used to great effect in the 1966 Sergio Leone film, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Over the last 50 years, the song has … Continue reading

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The Deer Hunter – Michael Cimino (1978), Full Metal Jacket – Stanley Kubrick (1987), Apocalypse Now Redux – Francis Ford Coppola (1979)

“The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian-American steelworkers whose lives were changed forever after fighting in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by … Continue reading

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Killing of Meredith Hunter

“Meredith Curly Hunter, Jr. (October 24, 1951 – December 6, 1969) was an audience member who was killed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. During the performance by The Rolling Stones, Hunter approached the stage, and was violently driven off … Continue reading

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