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VIDEO - Sight & Sound Film Poll: Nicole Brenez on THE HOUR OF THE FURNACES PART I: NOTES AND TESTIMONY ON NEOCOLONIALISM, VIOLENCE AND LIBERATION

Arguably the greatest film ever made in Latin America, HOUR OF THE FURNACES makes a compelling case for the political film - and the politics of filmmaking - when considering the greatest films of all time.
  • By Nicole Brenez and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 19, 2012 11:49 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Adrian Martin on Philippe Garrel's L'ENFANT SECRET

When Adrian Martin visited Chicago last May, I made certain not to miss the opportunity to record him for this video series. What distinguishes Martin's scholarship for me is his passion for all that is improbable or even impossible about the cinema. That spirit can be sensed in Martin's love of Philippe Garrel and especially L'Enfant Secret, a chronicle of a tortured, fragile existence that embodies those qualities in its material properties: a film that at times "threatens to disintegrate."
  • By Adrian Martin and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 12, 2012 9:57 AM
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VIDEO: Sight & Sound Film Poll: Ekkehard Knörer and Michael Baute on UNDER THE BRIDGES

The fifth video in our ongoing series is the first to involve a film on my own top ten list for the Sight & Sound Film Poll. But I'm not one of the commentators on the video. Nor is film on the top ten list of either of the commentators. But somehow the three of us form "an inclusive whole" (to use a phrase in the video) to make the case for why Under the Bridges is one of the greatest films ever made.
  • By Ekkehard Knörer, Michael Baute and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 5, 2012 9:05 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight & Sound Film Poll - Vadim Rizov on Apichatpong Weerasethakul's THE ANTHEM

This nominated title for the Sight & Sound Poll of the greatest films of all time embodies two underrepresented categories: a short film, made after the year 2000.
  • By Vadim Rizov and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 1, 2012 10:42 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Molly Haskell on CLAIRE'S KNEE

Listening to Haskell speak about the film conjures visions not only of the film, but also of an era that it reflects: a late '60s-early '70s generation in the throes of a massive cultural shift, discovering new ways to engage with cinema and with the opposite sex.
  • By Molly Haskell, Andrew Sarris and Kevin B. Lee
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  • May 29, 2012 11:39 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Jonathan Rosenbaum on SATANTANGO

From a personal standpoint, it is fitting that the second video of this series, following the opening tribute to Roger Ebert, features Jonathan Rosenbaum. It was through Ebert that I discovered Rosenbaum's writing 14 years ago, when his weekly reviews for The Chicago Reader made Ebert's list of "20 Essential Movie Websites." Since then, no writer has done more to expand my knowledge and develop my sensibilities on film.
  • By Jonathan Rosenbaum and Kevin B. Lee
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  • May 24, 2012 11:31 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY - The Sight and Sound Film Poll: An International Tribute to Roger Ebert and His Favorite Films

Press Play introduces Sight and Sound Film Poll: Critics' Picks, a series of video essays featuring prominent film critics on films they selected for Sight and Sound magazine's poll of the greatest films of all time. New videos will premiere each week until the poll results are announced later this summer.
  • By Various Contributors
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  • May 22, 2012 12:58 PM
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