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Zipper Morals: Walerian Borowczyk's 'Immoral Tales'

Immoral Tales is either a curious failure or a problematic success, depending on where one draws the line between art and exploitation.

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Murder for Two: Oedipal Death-Cycles in 'The Eye of the Beholder'

Behm turns the detective novel first on its head and then sideways before shot-putting it across a terrain of Żuławskian terror; its film adaptation is an equally nerve-wracking descent into oedipal destruction.

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Resnais Explores Fear and Memory in Je t'aime je t'aime

In slow, hypnotic ellipses, director Alain Resnais draws out the moribund inner world of a suicidal man haunted by a series of disturbing memories.

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A Practically Impossible Friendship: The 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition of 'The Bear'

Jean-Jacques Annaud's classic naturalist dramatization of a "practically impossible friendship" between two bears gets a visual update but retains all its original emotion.

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A Little Ominous Noir Music Makes Jules Dassin's 'Rifif' Nearly Perfect

This benchmark of the heist genre shows that for the criminal, elegance and brutality go hand-in-hand, never more vividly depicted than in this tightly structured ode to Paris.

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When a Circus Clown Moves from the Bright Spotlight to the Glow of Film: 'Pierre Etaix'

Pierre Étaix’s movies are imaginative and carefully composed, with a distinctive and accomplished vision that deserves rediscovery.

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Fantômas: The Case of the Dastardly Scalawag

King of the underworld! Master of disguise! Collector of exclamation points! From books to films, Fantômas was the giddy James Bond phenom of its day.

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The Beaches of Agnès (Les plages d' Agnès)

In The Beaches of Agnès, the "game" of cinema is endlessly fascinating, as what was and what can be come together on screen.

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