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32 Films That Begin With Leaving a Mental Institution

"Crazy" movies for crazy times. These 32 films make the case for the recently-escaped-or-released-mental-patient narrative as its own subgenre, replete with a language of recurring themes, plot devices, and character archetypes.

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Our Ever-Shifting Image and Idea of the Son of God: 'The Color of Christ'

Instead of remaking themselves in Christ’s image, Americans have spent an awful lot of time remaking Christ’s image for themselves.

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D.W. Griffith's Morality Tale, 'Way Down East', has One of the Greatest Movie Finalés, Ever

Lillian Gish shines as the martyred heroine of D.W. Griffith's most popular melodrama.

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The Not-So-Global Globes: International Tensions in the Film Industry

Now that The Artist gave the Golden Globes a distinctly French flavor, and Meryl Streep fueled the controversy in the British camp, a simultaneous rapprochement and tension defines the relationship between the European and American film industry.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 4: Samuel Fuller - John Huston

On our fourth day, this journey through the 100 Essential Film Directors continues to twist and turn in unexpected ways. From bold, opinionated Hollywood voices to those who essentially created the language of cinema, today will shed light on kings of genre like Samuel Fuller, through lions like the legendary John Huston.

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Precious and Lee Daniels: State of the Race

In adapting author Sapphire's difficult novel for the screen, director Lee Daniels is helping change the way spectators view African American women by deploying stereotypes and then exploding them.

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Griffith Masterworks 2

With D.W. Griffith that it's the telling of the story (and not the story itself) that makes for a truly great filmic experience.

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True Heart Susie

Much of this film, especially the first reel, is based on a form of comedy that gently spoofs its own conventions while faithfully employing them.

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