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In Another Room, from Another Time

Songbook

In Another Room, from Another Time

In Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Still Walking, the briefly heard Japanese pop hit that inspired the film’s title is both a portal to long-buried memories and a minor detail that resists interpretation.

By Ben Elias

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More Ways of Seeing

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More Ways of Seeing

This week we’re reading Greg Tate on MLK/FBI, Ian Christie on the decadence of early British cinema, and Reverse Shot’s 2020 top ten.

By David Hudson

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The Man in the Wings: David Fincher on the Shadowy Life of Herman Mankiewicz
The Man in the Wings: David Fincher on the Shadowy Life of Herman Mankiewicz

The witty and notoriously tempestuous Citizen Kane screenwriter comes into focus in this conversation between a Mankiewicz biographer and Fincher, whose new film Mank is remarkably faithful to the details of Hollywood history.

Perspectives on Lynne Sachs
Perspectives on Lynne Sachs

Film About a Father Who is the centerpiece of this month’s virtual retrospective.

By David Hudson

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Long Live the Microcinema
Long Live the Microcinema

With the future of film exhibition more uncertain than ever, several small-scale organizations with highly personal curation are proving they have what it takes to survive against the odds.

By Nicolas Rapold

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Minding the Gap: What It’s About
Minding the Gap: What It’s About

Bing Liu’s extraordinary debut feature was originally conceived as a documentary about skaters around the country and ultimately became an unflinching exploration of family, trauma, and the filmmaker’s own life.

By Jay Caspian Kang

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Gothams, Polls, and Lists
Gothams, Polls, and Lists

Nomadland has triumphed on the first big night of awards season.

By David Hudson

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Michael Apted’s Project of a Lifetime
Michael Apted’s Project of a Lifetime

Apted’s lasting legacy will be the Up series, one of the most moving and influential works of nonfiction ever made.

By David Hudson

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New Issues for a New Year

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New Issues for a New Year

A new Cinema Scope is out, along with the first issue of Screening the Past in well over a year.

By David Hudson

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That Obscure Object of Desire: Desire, Denuded
That Obscure Object of Desire: Desire, Denuded

Luis Buñuel weaved together multiple strands of his artistry in his final film, which blends the surrealism of his early years, the melodrama of his 1950s work, and the elegant erotic comedy of his late career.

By Adrian Martin

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The Phantom of Liberty: The Serpentine Movements of Chance
The Phantom of Liberty: The Serpentine Movements of Chance

Luis Buñuel lays bare the amorality and illogic of human affairs in the slew of straight-faced absurdities that make up his penultimate film.

By Gary Indiana

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Remembering Joan Micklin Silver
Remembering Joan Micklin Silver

The director overcame anti-Semitism or misogyny to make such unique films as Hester Street and Chilly Scenes of Winter.

By David Hudson

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: More and Less
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: More and Less

Crazy things keep happening in Luis Buñuel’s perverse comedy of manners, a film that coolly deconstructs itself at every turn.

By Adrian Martin

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The Most Anticipated Films of 2021
The Most Anticipated Films of 2021

Along with new features from Pedro Almodóvar, Lynne Ramsay, and Todd Haynes, the new year will bring series directed by Barry Jenkins, Sofia Coppola, and Wong Kar Wai.

By David Hudson

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Best of 2020: Beyond the Rankings
Best of 2020: Beyond the Rankings

Alongside the traditional top tens, critics are offering imaginative pairings and lists of the best audiovisual essays and title sequences of the year.

By David Hudson

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December Books
December Books

This month we’re reading David Bordwell on the Massive Auteur Monograph, Rachel Kushner on Marguerite Duras, and Adam Gopnik on early animation.

By David Hudson

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In Case You Missed Them: A Year’s Worth of Essential Reading on the Current
In Case You Missed Them: A Year’s Worth of Essential Reading on the Current

Before ringing in the new year, we’re taking a look back at some of the most memorable essays and interviews we published in 2020.

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Restaging Resistance

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Restaging Resistance

From Marlene Dietrich to Tsai Ming-liang, it’s a varied and wide-ranging bunch this week.

By David Hudson

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Amores perros: The Dogs That Heralded the Millennium
Amores perros: The Dogs That Heralded the Millennium

Capturing the tense mood of a new millennium, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s debut feature explores the hidden spaces of Mexico City at a moment of political turbulence and extreme social stratification.

By Juan Villoro

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A Hybrid Lineup for Sundance 2021
A Hybrid Lineup for Sundance 2021

Edgar Wright, Sion Sono, Nanfu Wang, Robin Wright, and Ben Wheatley are among the filmmakers premiering new work next month.

By David Hudson

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2020 Polls, Lists, and Awards
2020 Polls, Lists, and Awards

Steve McQueen’s Small Axe has emerged as one of the major cinematic events of the year.

By David Hudson

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Amores perros: Force of Impact
Amores perros: Force of Impact

With its thought-provoking structure, interweaving story lines, and saturated colors, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s debut feature represented a quantum leap in the audiovisual grammar of Mexican cinema.

By Fernanda Solórzano

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The 2020 National Film Registry Inductees
The 2020 National Film Registry Inductees

This year’s selection features a record number of films directed by women and people of color.

By David Hudson

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The World Streams In

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The World Streams In

A new Film Quarterly, a Reverse Shot symposium, and the return of Artavazd Pelechian are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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