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The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013
18 Dec 2013 // 8:14 PM
As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.
The 100 Essential Directors Part 2: Robert Bresson to David Cronenberg
4 Aug 2011 // 4:00 PM
Our second day of "100 Essential Directors" could loosely be described as one that defines "influential." Each of the auteurs sandwiched in between Robert Bresson and David Cronenberg has left a lasting mark on cinema, each employing a signature style that is unmistakable.
Buster Keaton the Inventor and Charlie Chaplin the Conjurer
20 Sep 2011 // 4:00 PM
The films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin share a fraternal vitality and invention.
Charlie Chaplin Created Beauty through Understatement
22 Dec 2013 // 11:10 PM
In City Lights, Chaplin introduced parody and satire to a moment that was supremely serious, and we owe him more than we realize for the saving power of modern irony.
Charlie Chaplin Murders a Myth in 'Monsieur Verdoux'
28 Apr 2013 // 10:10 PM
This film represents not only the death of a myth, but its willful execution. The Tramp Is Dead. Long Live Chaplin!
'Mack Sennett Collection' and 'Chaplin's Mutual Comedies' Are Documents of Comedy Landmarks
29 Sep 2014 // 12:00 AM
These two box sets offer up key historical examples of the pratfall as high art.
The Genius of Charlie Chaplin in 'Modern Times'
24 Oct 2011 // 7:00 AM
Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.
Charlie Chaplin Transcended Clowndom with 'The Great Dictator'
23 May 2011 // 11:01 PM
Using satire as his weapon in his first all-talking film, the legendary screen comedian, Charlie Chaplin, gave the world a devastating indictment of fascism, anti-Semitism and the threat of Germany's Nazi regime to the future of humanity.