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How We Made 'Buena Vista Social Club': Interview with Eliades Ochoa and Nick Gold

When the Buena Vista Social Club album came out in 1997, it had an indelible effect on the international community's perception of Cuba.

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Dance, Dance, Otherwise We Are Lost: 'Pina': Wim Wenders' 3D tribute

Pina crystallizes tension and drama into pure physical expressionistic form.

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The 'Ruins' at the 'End of the World': Atmospheric Ambience and Dream Space

Ruins exudes a sense not just of a mystical dream setting but also a private one.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 10: Josef Von Sternberg to Zhang Yimou

The final day of directors is here, Josef Von Sternberg through Zhang Yimou. German Expressionism, Dogme 95, contemporary views of Asian life, post-WWII malaise in Eastern Europe, and the alternately heartwarming and queer takes on everyday life in Baltimore all hold a space on today's list. Did we forget your favorite director on this list?

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Wings of Desire

If you Google the phrase “Criterion has done it again”, you will get 37,500 hits. I have a hunch that now that Wings of Desire is back on the streets, this number is going to increase significantly.

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Wim Wenders: Merging the Infinite Via the Enigma of Cinema

Like an abstractionist who refuses to discuss his inspiration, or an avant-garde artist who renders his icons through a vague and untouchable design, Wim Wenders can be both fascinating and frustrating.

Bill Gibron
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Dont Come Knocking (2006)

A vivid, genuine exploration of a hell-raiser entering his twilight years apologetically and with an open heart.

Matt Mazur
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Dont Come Knocking (2006)

The reunion of Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard, coming some 20 years after Paris, Texas, demonstrates both the change and sameness in their art.

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Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (1987)

Wings of Desire is the most optimistic of films, finding freedom and potential in the quotidian privileges most of us take for granted.

Michael S. Smith

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