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Watch: Trailers For Martin Scorsese’s List Of The 39 Foreign Films You Should See Before You Die

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 20, 2014 4:14 PM
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Martin Scorsese’s Foreign Essentials
You may have heard this one before: several years ago a young filmmaker (Colin Levy) wrote to Martin Scorsese asking which films he should see in order to broaden his cinematic horizons. Much to his surprise the filmmaker answered him and provided a list, through his assistant, of 39 essential foreign films to watch – or as many are calling, the 39 films you should see before you die.

September Criterion Releases Include Lynch's 'Eraserhead,' Polanski's 'Macbeth' & Horror Classic 'The Innocents'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 6:14 PM
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Criterion/September 2014
It's the middle of the month, and we know what that means. Well, for us, it means realizing we have $70 to last us until payday, but for the more frugal cinephiles among you, it means that it's time for Criterion to announce what they've got coming up three months down the line. And once more, there are some treats in store.

Watch: Feel 'Signs Of Vigorous Life' With Vintage 30-Minute Doc On Herzog, Fassbinder, Wenders, Schlöndorff & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 21, 2014 10:45 AM
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We can’t imagine what you do with your spare time and quite frankly it’s best we never find out, but the good folks over at The Seventh Art are often scouring the internet for hidden video gems. The stuff that they’re able to find is rarely disappointing and this video in particular is quite the find.

Watch: 1979 Short Film 'Bourbon Street Blues' Directed by Douglas Sirk & Starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • September 24, 2013 2:50 PM
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In 1959 Douglas Sirk left Hollywood and never turned back, effectively ending his three decade long career. He eventually returned to Germany, the place he was born, and at a certain point started teaching at a film school in Munich. It was at this film school, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, where he directed a couple of short films with his students. It’s the last of those films, “Bourbon Street Blues,” that’s recently been unearthed and you can view the 25-minute short in its entirety below.

DVD Is The New Vinyl: Famous Pimps, Infamous Early Fassbinder & 'Q: The Winged Serpent'

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • August 28, 2013 5:10 PM
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Dvd is the new vinyl, fassbinder, body double, more
“Truthfully, DVD is not the new vinyl," a reader recently confronted me, arguing that the beloved analog qualities of records (the richer, warmer recording; that nostalgic hiss and crackle) are fetishized in ways that most movies on digital discs are not. Sure, the latter may be closer in spirit to CDs and don't get any better with age like ye olde phonographs, but tell that to Twilight Time, the below-the-radar, two-man boutique label that has been making cineaste tongues wag over their limited-edition, lovingly remastered Blu-rays of film classics like "The Big Heat," "Bonjour Tristesse" and "Enemy Mine."

Who Got Snubbed? 10 Directors Who Surprisingly Aren't On The Sight & Sound Top 50 Greatest Films List

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 2, 2012 2:02 PM
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So many auteurs, so little time... It's less than 24 hours since the unveiling of Sight & Sound's once-a-decade extensive poll of film critics to find the quote-unquote greatest film of all time, which for the first time ever, saw Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" fall off the top spot and replaced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." And as ever, the list has already inspired extensive and fervent debate.

The Films Of Rainer Werner Fassbinder: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 29, 2011 5:39 AM
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"I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be,” German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder once declared, likely half-seriously, half facetiously.

Gorgeous Poster Debuts For Fassbinder's 'World On A Wire'; Film Gets Limited Re-Release This Summer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2011 1:34 AM
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After years in a floating-head wilderness, the art of movie poster design has had a bit of a shot in the arm in recent years, thanks to Criterion covers, self-commissioned work by cult designers like Olly Moss, and artisan one-sheets for one-off screenings at theaters like the Alamo Drafthouse and the New Beverly. So much so in fact, that certain movie blogs seem to have become more or less devoted to minimalist posters. One new example just debuted, to promote the imminent re-emergence of a neglected picture by a legendary filmmaker, and it's pretty nifty.

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