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‘Six in Paris’ Cuts the City into New Wave Slices of Sex and Death

‘Six in Paris’ Cuts the City into New Wave Slices of Sex and Death

Filming with a handheld 16mm color camera, six filmmakers offer a cohesive snapshot of 1966 Paris and their obsessions with sex and death.

Retro Monsters and Sexual Politics Dominate These Three Sci-Fi Movies

Retro Monsters and Sexual Politics Dominate These Three Sci-Fi Movies

Sci-fi movies Unknown Terror, The Colossus of New York and Destination Inner Space inject monsters into personal melodrama for masculine redemption.

Two Southern-Fried Slices of Sordid ’60s Hicksploitation Films

Two Southern-Fried Slices of Sordid ’60s Hicksploitation Films

Angry old men, sexy strumpets, moonshiners, corrupt sheriffs, and dumb farmhands populate them thar hills in these two low-budget ’60s hicksploitation films.

‘Time of the Heathen’ Mixes Atomic Angst with Racial Woes

‘Time of the Heathen’ Mixes Atomic Angst with Racial Woes

Time of the Heathen is a nightmarish, hyper-edited, avant-garde freak-out as atomic angst and racial woes wend their way toward Shakespearean tragedy.

Philosophies and Ironies in Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’

Philosophies and Ironies in Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’

In Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’, everything exists on an elevated Expressionist plane; every detail dovetails into its hermetic philosophies and ironies.

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

A female Tarzan and her gorilla, a horse that revenges his murdered master, mothers, and comical aviators make the scene in these silent film jewels.

Backstreet Abortion Onscreen: Stories of Solitary Struggle and Solidarity

Backstreet Abortion Onscreen: Stories of Solitary Struggle and Solidarity

Nymphomaniac II, Happening, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire depict backstreet abortion as either a solitary or collaborative experience among women.

Film Noir Trio Showcases Edward G. Robinson on All Sides of the Law

Film Noir Trio Showcases Edward G. Robinson on All Sides of the Law

The films in Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII are united by one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, the almost casually brilliant and magnetic Edward G. Robinson.

Chantal Akerman’s Evolutions and Revolutions

Chantal Akerman’s Evolutions and Revolutions

From kitchen epics to road odysseys, these nine Chantal Akerman films chart the evolutions and revolutions of one of modern cinema’s most important auteurs.

Chewing the Scenery and Chewing on Actors in ‘Man-Eater of Kumaon’

Chewing the Scenery and Chewing on Actors in ‘Man-Eater of Kumaon’

Sabu and a tiger foreshadow Byron Haskin’s special effects and science fiction adventures of humans vs. the elements in Man-Eater of Kumaon.

Inspector Maigret Mysteries Made in Occupied France

Inspector Maigret Mysteries Made in Occupied France

There’s no war going on in these subversive Inspector Maigret whodunits from occupied France, but there’s a lot more murder and paranoia than in the era’s newspapers.

‘Foreign Land’ and the Dawn of a New Age in Brazilian Cinema

‘Foreign Land’ and the Dawn of a New Age in Brazilian Cinema

The bleakness in Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas’ 1995 crime thriller Foreign Land would mark the film as a paragon in the newly emerging Brazilian cinema.