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The Top 10 Thought-Provoking Science Fiction Films

Serious science fiction often takes a backseat to the more pulpy, crowdpleasing genre entries. Here are 10 titles far better than any "dogfight in space" adventure.

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I See Music: How Oskar Fischinger Influenced Disney

Remember the pre-CGI visual beauty of Fantasia? Fischinger, who also worked with Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, among others, invented the "lumigraph" (a machine for "playing" colors on screen). This guy should be put on a stamp.

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Fritz Lang Shows His Hand With 'The Spiders' and 'Destiny'

From playing with Death to finding a lost Incan civilisation, these two silents are bursting with adventure and intrigue.

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'Gold' Shivers Rather Than Glitters

'Gold' sees Hitler's Germany working out the psychology of power within a bland sci-fi narrative weighed down by leaden acting -- and an excess of feathers.

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Cultural Critique, Silent Film Style

These five '20s-era silent films, newly available on Blu-ray, bring key moments in history vividly to life.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Contempt"

Lifestyle's sun-kissed opening track finds our heroes in languid mood, contemplating foreign climes and foreign bodies.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 5: Derek Jarman to Mike Leigh

Mid-way through our series, Day 5 is a glorious mishmash of international auteurist cinema. Today we go from saints and sinners, from Brookyln to Britain, from the beginning of time to the Dystopian future, and around the world and beyond.

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Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics II' Is Uneven, But With a Few Bleakly Satisfying Moments

In Human Desire, one of the five films included here, Broderick Crawford is one of those big lugs whose volume control dial has been permanently stuck somewhere between "bluster" and "bellow."

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Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)

Dr. Mabuse sits at the center of a vast web of criminal enterprise, manipulating international fortunes, overseeing a counterfeiting operation and an unknown number of murderers and thieves.

Tim O'Neil

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