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The Heart of the Melodrama: Brief Encounter on Criterion

By Christopher Sharrett. When I think about the melodrama I tend to focus on the masterpieces of Max Ophuls, Douglas Sirk, Vincente Minnelli, Irving Rapper, Edmund Goulding, King Vidor, and others, all of whom helped define the concerns of the genre. My bias favoring American (or émigré) filmmakers has tended to dismiss David Lean’s Brief […]

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Remaining at the Helm: Marc Abraham on I Saw the Light

By Paul Risker. Within the ongoing story of film there are those filmmakers, actors and producers that cast long shadows, although there are the more personal and intimate shadows, such as the one Marc Abraham’s producing career has cast over his work as a director: Flash of Genius (2008) and I Saw The Light (2015). While […]

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Forever Revisited: In a Lonely Place on Criterion

By Tony Williams. Whether available theatrically or 16mm, VHS, and previous DVD formats, Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place (1950) has always ranked high as a great Hollywood film either in the realms of authorship or genre. This year Criterion has added the film to its collection and this version does not disappoint anyone in […]

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Film Scratches: Mixing the Mythic and the Poetic in Por Dinero (2011)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Por Dinero is an engaging portrait of an indigenous family in the remote town of Panixtlahuaca in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the young son who supports them […]

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Critic as Programmer: Michał Oleszczyk on Poland’s Gdynia Film Festival

By Paul Risker. Last year saw The Gdynia Film Festival celebrate its 40th edition, the history and lifespan of which greatly dwarfs the brief involvement of its current Artistic Director Michał Oleszczyk, who has just completed his second year in the prestigious role. When one contemplates film as a collaborative medium it is fitting to note […]

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Paolo Genovese and Perfect Strangers: A Tribeca Interview

By Gary M. Kramer. Paolo Genovese’s cheeky comedy-drama Perfect Strangers operates on the simplest—and perhaps riskiest—of principles: if our phones are all “black boxes of information” about us, is there anything in them that could possibly embarrass us in front of our spouses and dearest friends who know us so well? The answer, not surprisingly, […]

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The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Avant-Garde by Owen Hatherley

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Today, it has become a tedious commonplace to listen to erroneous fallacies such as Fukayama’s “The End of History” – to which one can reply, “whose ideologically written history?” Since that time of unquestioned neo-liberal hegemonic control, other issues have appeared, including dismissals of a challenging and exciting era of early […]

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