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VIDEO ESSAY: First Fassbinder

The German actor and filmmaker Frank Ripploh interviewed Rainer Werner Fassbinder in March 1982, only a few months before Fassbinder's death at age 37. Ripploh's last question was: "How do you describe yourself?" "I'm a romantic anarchist," Fassbinder said.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • September 11, 2013 9:00 AM
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Africa and France: The Work of Jean Rouch

The French director Jean Rouch invented so many new cinematic forms that his films gave rise to new words: “ciné-trance,” “ethno-fiction.” Yet his prolific oeuvre has fallen in and out of favor; in the past few decades, it’s been hard to see most of his films in the United States.
  • By Steven Erickson
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  • February 26, 2013 9:38 AM
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THE GAME (1997): Fincher Flips MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE on Its Head

Long unavailable (domestically) in a proper home edition, David Fincher's unsung puzzle thriller "The Game" finally gets its due this week thanks to Criterion's shiny new Blu-ray upgrade of their own 1998 laserdisc release.
  • By Tony Dayoub
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  • September 25, 2012 9:25 AM
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