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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)

Attenborough, whom most would know either for his acting turn in "Jurassic Park" or for directing vast films like "Gandhi" or "Chaplin," had other exploits up his sleeve as well.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • September 5, 2014 5:18 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: What Is Composition?

The challenge of composition for narrative cinema remains what it was when the first story was spliced together from different pieces of film: where should the viewer look, and at what? What might the arrangement of elements help the viewer understand or feel?
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • September 2, 2014 3:33 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

When watching Lauren Bacall in her older films, it is impossible to not think of "sexy" as one of the adjectives to describe her, and yet where is that sexiness coming from? In part, it comes from a sense that she might say something barbed, or worse, at any turn, and that if she doesn't, she's choosing not to.
  • By Serena Bramble and Max Winter
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  • August 19, 2014 7:27 PM
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METAMERICANA: Outlaw Country Goes Psychedelic: An Interview with Sturgill Simpson on His Music Videos

"I believe framing reality is one of the only ways we can ever be sure it actually exists."
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • August 14, 2014 5:38 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Our Scary Summer: 1979

The cover of the June 1979 issue of Newsweek featured an image of Sigourney Weaver from "Alien." The caption read: "Hollywood's Scary Summer." I was thirteen. The horror movies released that summer would form a grotesque carnival that mirrored my own and the world's anxieties.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer
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  • August 5, 2014 1:18 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Slow Motion Movie Supercut

LOOK. PAY ATTENTION. NOTICE THE MOVEMENT.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 30, 2014 12:58 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: From SLACKER to BOYHOOD: Cinematography in the films of Richard Linklater

You can feel the heat in the Austin of "Slacker"; you can smell the chalkdust in "School of Rock"; you can feel the night breeze in "Dazed and Confused." And yet the camera here isn’t the aggressive, probing presence of a Scorsese or an Allen or a Lynch.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • July 23, 2014 2:21 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Total Cinema: SNOWPIERCER

It's a slumgullion stew, this movie, but it's all held together by the clear, simple movement of the plot, the quest of the characters to get to the front of the train. It's a focused quest, a narrow one, and it structures the characters' actions and the viewers' hopes and fears.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • July 18, 2014 5:28 AM
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ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Ciphers, Masks and Longing: Old Hollywood Ethos and Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey could care less about your girl power anthems and political charges. "Ultraviolence" is about the contradictions in the human experience—lust and sadness and existential need and desires that don’t have easy answers and won’t be fixed with better public policies.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • July 16, 2014 2:40 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Brothers: Men of Constant Sorrow

Woe be to you if you should be so unlucky as to be a male character in a Coen Brothers film.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 11, 2014 4:07 PM
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