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David Lynch's ​'Blue Velvet' Covers the Darkness

How can we appreciate David Lynch's Blue Velvet, a film about America's private darkness, in an era when such anxieties, tensions, and corruptions are so openly apparent?

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America's Dirty Secrets Revealed in Robert Altman's Short Cuts

Altman spent his entire career amplifying the hidden comedy in America’s soul. Short Cuts is his most sweeping and relatable sketch of the country caught off-guard.

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'A Special Day' in Fascist Italy

Despite the tumultuous times, the characters in A Special Day can’t escape the clichés of a standard melodramatic story.

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'The Bridge' Shows a Forgotten Side of Nazi Germany's Final Days

The Bridge, which tells the story of the Volkssturm in the final days of the Nazi party, is classic work of art.

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Effortlessly Cool and Youthful: 'Band of Outsiders'

While Band of Outsiders is less frequently canonized than certain of Godard's other works, it can still rightfully be read as a touchstone in the development of film form and cinema history.

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She Doesn't Trust Him and the Hormonal Urgency of His Desires Leads Us to Believe She Shouldn't

Of Miloš Forman’s Czech films, Loves of a Blonde remains his most successful melding of social observation and political critique.

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Essential Art House: Brief Encounter

No matter how exciting their meetings are, there’s always the looming train ride back to nonexistence.

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Essential Art House: Jules and Jim

François Truffaut's splendid New Wave is released in the Essential Art House series, with a gorgeous print but completely devoid of special features.

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