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Orson Welles: The Lion in Winter, and at Lunch

Taken from long-lost recordings and filled with Hollywood gossip and personal revelations, this collection of transcripts proves why Orson Welles was one of the great conversationalists of all time.

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'King of the Hill' Is a Touching, Sweet Story and Quite Unlike Later Soderbergh Films

This is a fascinating glimpse into an exploratory, identity-forming period before even Soderbergh himself seemed to have a handle on his erratic muse.

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'Quatsi' Director Returns With 'Visitors', A Film That Watches You Back

With Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio changed the way we see films. With Visitors, he wanted to make the first film that "returns the viewers look". The result was one of the most riveting films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

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'Vanishing Waves' Is an Erotic and Surreal Sci-Fi Head Trip

Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte conjures up an astonishing journey through the subconscious with some of the most haunting and truly surreal cinematic imagery seen in years.

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Acajou Films, Tremora

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'Samsara', A Visual Splendor from Around the World, Will Leave You in Awe

This film is virtually an unprecedented achievement, filmed in 100 locations in 25 countries across five continents, and featuring some of the most beautiful and diverse images of the natural world ever collected in a single movie.

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Christmas Is When People Go Nuts: 'Silent Night Deadly Night / Silent Night Deadly Night: Part 2'

Santa Claus slices, stabs, and slays in one of the most controversial films of the '80s, which finally gets a long-overdue deluxe re-release just in time for the holidays.

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Tri-Star

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The Trials of an Unlovable Loser: 'Dark Horse'

The new film by Todd Solondz finds the notorious director of Happiness and Storytelling being surprisingly compassionate -- gentle, even.

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Double Hope FIlms

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'Americano' Never Gets Out from Under Its Magenta-Colored Cliché

Mathieu Demy's story of a son's globe-trotting journey to settle his dead mother's affairs is filled with references to the films of his parents, even quoting extensively from Agnès Varda's Documenteur.

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The Tale of a Crafty Electrician: 'The Light Thief'

Mr. Light (Aktan Arym Kubat) has the open, honest face of a silent comedian, a sort of Kyrgyz Buster Keaton, and his downcast look when chastened as well as his warm laughter are both equally affecting.

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Asap Films

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'Lonesome' Is a Nearly Lost Classic of Urban Alienation and Fairytale Romance

A poignant and visually spectacular portrait of life and love in the big city, restored and released after eight decades in obscurity.

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'The Tenants' Are Prisoners In Their Own Home

This understated but masterful psychological thriller from Brazil gives an unflinching look at the causes and costs of violence.

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A Rarely Exhumed Film that Should Stay Buried: 'Plot of Fear'

Plot of Fear is a screamingly mediocre piece of work, of dubious interest to even the most obsessed and completist fans of vintage giallo

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12 Between Us

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'Animated Films By Karen Aqua': Animated In Every Sense of the Word

Microcinema's collection gives us 13 shorts surveying the breathtaking career of one of America's most talented and respected independent animators.

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'Cinema Verite': A Family Under the Microscope

With An American Family, American society had gotten a good long look at itself, and what it saw made it very, very uncomfortable.

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The Other End of the Ideological Spectrum of Suffering: 'La Terra Trema'

A groundbreaking, long-unavailable classic by the father of Italian neorealism, Luchino Visconti.

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Universalia Film

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An Offbeat Gem About a Month to Remember: 'Octubre'

This is a disarmingly affecting and original story about learning to appreciate the minor miracles of everyday life.

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A Legendary Performance In an Underrated Masterpiece: 'Bellissima'

Anna Magnani is astonishing in Visconti's masterful look at the cruel realities of the filmmaking industry.


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