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Essential Images: Fritz Lang’s Visions of a Sci-Fi Future Come True

May 31, 2011
Woman in the Moon

Visual proof that Fritz Lang was the Steven Spielberg of silent cinema.

Deadly Mischief in the Modern City: Fritz Lang’s “Spies”

May 30, 2011
Spies Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s follow-up to “Metropolis” is intoxicatingly devilish fun.

Picturing Midnight in Paris with Josephine Baker

May 27, 2011 | One Comment
Josephine Baker

One can’t help watching Woody Allen’s new film with a nagging curiosity, wondering what it was like to witness Josephine Baker in the flesh.

Essential Images: Malick + Apichatpong = “Quick Billy”

May 25, 2011 | 3 Comments
Tree of Life Malick

The work of the last two Cannes Palme d’Or winners have a lot in common with a major experimental filmmaker.

Noisemaker: Malick, Von Trier and the Right Kind of Wrong Publicity

May 25, 2011
Lars von Trier Kirsten Dunst

Funny how nobody seems to think Malick’s absence from Cannes was a publicity stunt. At least von Trier showed up.

How “American Idol” Introduced Democracy and Tomboys to China: “Super, Girls!”

May 24, 2011

A candid documentary about the most popular TV show in China.

And the Winner of the Fan d’Or is…

May 23, 2011
Michael Haneke Palme d'or

As Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life won the coveted Palme d’Or for best film at Cannes yesterday, we awarded our own prize.

Did Malick Deserve To Win? Top Ten Films from Cannes 2011

May 23, 2011
tree of life jessica chastain terrence malick

Where does “The Tree of Life” stand among the 42 films we saw at Cannes?

Donald Krim (1945-2011)

May 21, 2011 | One Comment
Donald Krim

Donald Krim dedicated a 40-year career to helping people discover great films they might otherwise never see.

Essential Filmmaking: The Perverse Cuts of “Dogtooth”

May 20, 2011

How cinematography and editing help give this Oscar-nominated film its mysterious appeal.

Finding Joy in Cinema: Wong Kar Wai’s “Happy Together”

May 19, 2011
Happy Together

“Happy Together” presents the work of a world-class director at its spontaneous best.

The Unheralded Influence of a Camera Master: “The Red and the White”

May 18, 2011

Little discussed today, Miklos Jancsó’s films have an influence directly traceable to a whole strain of 21st century art cinema.