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Jung and the Restless: On Michael Fassbender’s Role as Carl Jung in ‘A Dangerous Method’

PopMatters has been counting down the days until David Cronenberg's newest film, A Dangerous Method hits theaters. Today it arrives in limited release and in the last piece of this cinematic puzzle, actor Michael Fassbender, talks to Christopher Sweetapple for the grand finalé.

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Adapting the Unconscious: Christopher Hampton’s Screenplay of ‘A Dangerous Method’

Lauded screenwriter Christopher Hampton speaks with David Lee Dallas III about adapting his own stage play.

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The Hunter and The Hunted: Keira Knightley Explores Duality in ‘A Dangerous Method’

A Dangerous Method's Best Actress hopeful Keira Knightley speaks with PopMatters about playing the unsung feminist heroine of psychoanalysis, Sabina Spielrein, for David Cronenberg.

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Revelations and Resurrections: David Cronenberg on ‘A Dangerous Method’

On the second day of our five-part interview series on A Dangerous Method, we talk with director David Cronenberg about Freud and Jung as heroes, the horrors of World War One and the reality of hysteria, among many other interesting things.

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Truth is Fiction: The Work of Haskell Wexler, Part 1

Haskell Wexler helped popularize the use of hand-held cameras and natural lighting in Hollywood features. However, like all forms of art, the truth behind these techniques became just another method of illusion.

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The Deliberate Method of Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud in ‘A Dangerous Method’

Today PopMatters begins a five-part countdown until the November 23 release of David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Today Stuart Henderson recounts his meeting with Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen.

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“My Humor Is Traced with Dark”: An Interview with ‘Drive’s Albert Brooks

Everyone is talking about Albert Brooks' transformation from funnyman to hitman in Nicolas Winding Refn's excellent Drive. The legendary comic, author and Best Supporting Actor Oscar hopeful recently spoke with PopMatters about being ahead of the curve and more.

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What’s Real and What’s Not: Interview with Director Céline Sciamma

"I really like to work on empathy and identification,' says Céline Sciamma. "I want everybody to connect and say, 'This is the childhood of today, but this could be my childhood as well.' I think cinema is about building a universe and about playing between what’s real and what’s not."

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Let’s Get Physical: In Praise of Kay Kendall’s Joie De Vivre

Kay Kendall's mercurial performances in George Cukor's Les Girls and Vincente Minnelli's The Reluctant Debutante highlight a romantic Englishwoman and her knack for graceful physical comedy.

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How Would You Like It, a Little More Off the Top?

Makeup and special effects artist Genevieve Garner can transform the average beast into a beauty—or vice versa.

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Does Angelina Jolie Owe Bosnia More Than Blood and Honey?

When making a movie about the horrors of the Bosnian War, what is Angelina Jolie's responsibility as an artist?

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Before There Was ‘The Exorcist’, There Was ‘The Possession of Joel Delaney’

Once again, the film industry came in and took a perfectly creepy book and upped the sensationalism because nothing can ever be too shocking in Hollywood.

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The Celestial Railroad: Shifting Debates on the Immigrant Experience in ‘Sin Nombre’

Illegal immigration is a hotly contested topic in American society and politics. Sin Nombre opens up important questions about migration that documentaries often ignore: there is no such monolithic category as "the immigrant", and migration is not solely an economic decision.

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Michael Moore vs. Jon Stewart: The Self-Destruction of the American Left

Michael Moore is a populist and Jon Stewart is an elitist. The blind liberal embrace of the superficial smugness of Stewart and detachment from the heroism of Moore is the most powerful and convincing illustration of the suicidal tendencies, moral bankruptcy, and spiritual decay of the American left.

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For Whom the Buzz Stolls: An Interview with Midnight in Paris’ Corey Stoll

Actor Corey Stoll breezed in to steal Midnight in Paris out from under his co-stars and now, headed into awards season, his memorable characterization of legend Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen's most successful film to date feels decidedly poised to enter the Supporting Actor race.

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Nostalgia Goes Digital: Turning Back Time in the Films of David Fincher

Digital cinema and nostalgia go hand in hand in David Fincher films. The director has used these powerful tools to recreate the past, but nostalgia has historically refused to surrender in his work.

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Foreshadowing Producer Sage Scroope’s Supernatural Success

With two festival award-winning shorts, Foreshadowed Films’ co-founder Sage Scroope (The Debt Collector) just might be headed to the Oscars.

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New Jack Black: Contemporary Urbanity and Blackness in New Jack City

Hood films are a jarring eviction notice for traditional Civil Rights rhetoric and, possibly, leadership -- in other words, "What has the Civil Rights movement done for me lately?"

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One by One, We’re All Becoming Shades: An Interview with Anjelica Huston

In her newest film 50/50, the actress brings everything full circle, combining comedy and high drama with another far less-discussed area of her expertise: the ability to work a good old-fashioned bad wig and turn it into a powerful acting tool.

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Jean-Teddy Filippe’s ‘Forbidden Files’: Found Footage Lost (and Found Again)

Oddly missing in histories of the "found footage" genre, Jean-Teddy Filippe's "Forbidden Files" offers intriguing glimpses at horror and fantasy flickering into an uneasy camcorder reality, ten years before The Blair Witch Project made it fashionable (and lame).

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