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Rififi (1955)

By Jeremy Carr.  The blacklist that shrouded the Hollywood community in suspicion, paranoia, and tragedy during the 1940s and ’50s, a steadily spreading outgrowth of the tactics formulated and executed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), would leave its tarnishing mark on many in the film industry: screenwriters, actors, producers, directors. Seemingly all branches […]

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Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Claudia Llosa

By Anna Weinstein. Peruvian director Claudia Llosa, described by Variety as “one of Latin America’s fastest-rising femme helmer-scribes,” has written and directed three features, including Madeinusa (2006) and Milk of Sorrow (2010), which was nominated for an Oscar. Her most recent film, Aloft (2014), is her English-language debut, starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy. The […]

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True Love, Pride, and Passion: Re-viewing Stephen Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

By Lesley Brill. In Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses (most of the plot of which Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons follows faithfully), love and passion dominate religion until the end. Concluding his epistolary novel, however, Laclos sends Cécile de Volanges back to the convent to become a nun and visits upon the Marquise de Merteuil […]

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The 19th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival

By Brandon Konecny and Jacob Mertens. Tucked away on the coast of North Carolina, there is a festival dedicated to the weirdly beautiful, the perversely provocative—a lovingly programmed lineup, taking shape as an island of misfit films that find refuge with their own kind. Carefully placed at the year’s end, Cucalorus shines a light on […]

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Scott McGehee and David Siegel: What Maisie Knew

By Paul Risker. Author Henry James continues to find work posthumously, and last year directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel lifted James’ psychological 1897 novel of the dysfunctional couple amidst divorce in What Maisie Knew from the page and projected it onto the cinema screen. McGehee and Siegel discussed with Film International’s Paul Risker the collaborative levels of filmmaking, amendments […]

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

By Bill Fech.  David Lowery’s quiet western drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints came and went from theaters like a passing tumbleweed. The film grossed fewer than $400,000 domestically and fared little better overseas. Perhaps audiences expected an old-fashioned shoot ‘em up from what, at its core, is a love story that leans on a gentle, […]

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One-Location Films and How They Achieve Their Success

By Victoria Tickle. One-location (or one-room) films are films that do exactly what they say on their metaphorical tins: their narratives take place within the confines of one location or one room. In order to compensate for their lack of locations, settings and (potentially) character interactions, one-location films have to give the audience an intense […]

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

By Jacob Mertens.  “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge […]

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Following (1998)

By Andrew J. Douglas.  Anticipating an early effort by a respected filmmaker—let alone one known for work that is at once thoughtful, entertaining, acclaimed, and popular like Christopher Nolan—can be conflicting. There is the tantalizing allure of raw, unbridled talent on display, accompanied by the reticence ignited by the possibility that one’s conception of the […]

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