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Laurel & Hardy's Genius of Everyday Chaos

The opposite of the idealized embodiments of masculinity seen in male cinema heroes Hapless Man-children Laurel & Hardy are creatures of the id.

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In Sneaky Afterlife Romance 'A Matter of Life and Death', There's Poetry but No God

Powell and Pressburger's witty wartime classic about a British airman who goes to court in heaven to appeal his death is a celebration of the human spirit that separates romanticism from sentimentality.

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What's That You Heard? 'The Kinetophone: A Fact! A Reality!

Undercrank Productions and the Library of Congress add another diamond to our digitally rich era in these refurbished analog films of Thomas Edison's.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018: A Transformative Cinematic Experience

Widely considered the largest and most prestigious silent film festival in North America, 21 feature films from nine countries will be represented at the Fest, with more than 40 musicians from around the world accompanying the various programs.

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Restored Silent Film 'Little Orphant Annie' Conjures Goblins and the Horrors of Poverty

Annie is a servant who delights in telling tales of spooks and spirits, always ending with the refrain "An' the Gobble-uns'll git you ef you Don't Watch Out!"

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Jean-Pierre Melville’s 'Le Samouraï' Plays with the Perils of the Loner

Under the lens of cultural and historical context, as well as understanding the reflective nature of popular culture, it's hard not to read this film as a cautionary tale about the limitations of isolationism.

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