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On Curios, Classics and the Art of Archival Programming

February 28, 2013 | One Comment

Elliot Lavine on the deeper, darker and wonderfully grittier Hollywood eras.

The Film 100: James Agee, no. 39

February 5, 2013
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Agee judged film as art, taking exception to the idea that it was a commercial product necessarily compromised by public whim.

The Film 100: Humphrey Bogart, no. 46

January 28, 2013
HUMPHREY BOGART

Bogart carved a niche as the quintessential loner, a character type that would become the dominant choice for protagonists in thousands of scripts to come.

Peggy Cummins on GUN CRAZY

January 27, 2013 | 2 Comments
GUN CRAZY

Peggy Cummins brings Annie Laurie Starr power to Noir City 11′s opener.

The Film 100: Akira Kurosawa, no. 70

January 10, 2013
RAN

Kurosawa assimilated his knowledge of ancient Japanese traditions into a modern Western art form, influencing many writers and directors along the way.

American Bogeymen

January 9, 2013
POISON

As ZERO DARK THIRTY takes a starring role in a national debate, a playlist of cinematic scares pays tribute to existential threats past, present and parodied.

The Film 100: Billy Wilder, no. 57

January 4, 2013
DOUBLE INDEMNITY

Wilder was equally at ease with all subjects and genres, and his ability to combine visual beauty with intelligent dialogue made him the quintessential writer-director.

The Film 100: James Cagney, no. 43

December 18, 2012 | One Comment
PUBLIC ENEMY

The first international star of the talkies, James Cagney smirked his way into the hearts of Depression audiences to become one of the most respected and beloved actors in cinema history.

The Film 100: Fritz Lang, no. 40

December 11, 2012 | One Comment
M

The invention of the futuristic look of science fiction films, the introduction of shadowy westerns and the creation of a prodigious body of film noir standards: Fritz Lang’s influence can be felt far beyond his development of the German expressionist aesthetic.

A New Day for EXTERIOR NIGHT

September 11, 2012
EXTERIOR NIGHT

The yearning moodiness of black-and-white brings the past to the present in EXTERIOR NIGHT.

Scenes: JERICHOW

August 21, 2012
JERICHOW

Second look: How does Christian Petzold master tone, timing and sets to create a strong sense of unease? Carefully.

The Art of Filmmaking: William Friedkin

July 25, 2012 | 9 Comments
BUG

KILLER JOE, the latest from 77-year-old movie legend William Friedkin, looks like the brazen, energetic work of a young director having too much fun. A candid interview with the director finds Friedkin in top fighting form.