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One Day with Chris Marker, Film Essayist and Influencer

One day, sometime deep in the last millennium, I had the good fortune to be on the receiving end of a phone call from the filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin telling me not to make any plans for the next day, and if I had plans, to cancel them. Why, I asked. Because, he said, we’re going to visit Chris Marker. That was all he needed to say.
  • By Howard Rodman
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  • July 31, 2012 4:29 PM
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The View from China Part One

After a week in Russia, I headed for Kunming, the capital of the southwest province of Yunnan, China, where my daughter Nora has been teaching English in a rural village near Lincang. With a population of over 6 million, Kunming doesn't scrape into the Top 20 biggest cities in China (topped by Shanghai and Beijing, both over 20 million).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2012 6:26 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Venice and Toronto Announcements, 'Dark Knight Rises' Aftermath, Best Foreign Films of All Time & More

This week on TOH, we announced the much-anticipated lineups of the Toronto and Venice film festivals, looked at the opening weekend of "The Dark Knight Rises" and finally heard Michael Moore's take on the horrific Aurora shootings, conducted two Best Foreign Film polls and more.
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  • July 27, 2012 4:26 PM
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Career Watch: Christian Bale - The Dark Superhero We Need

Batman is not like other superheroes, and Christian Bale's iteration of him stands apart from the Thors and Iron Mans of contemporary hero-cinema. Because Bale's Batman, as we know him from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, is human and flawed, the tragedy that accompanied "The Dark Knight Rises" opening leaves us feeling more vulnerable...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2012 1:34 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Previewing Art and Science at SIGGRAPH, with Muren, Letteri, Trumbull, Landau, Deakins

The prestigious computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH has always been about the convergence of art and science. It's a place to showcase the latest and greatest advancements driving the industry's blockbuster work in VFX and animation. This year, the 39th edition returns to the LA Convention Center (Aug. 5-9).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2012 12:27 PM
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Frank Pierson Remembered

Meeting Frank Pierson was intimidating, to put it mildly. I was sitting outside the old WGAw boardroom, waiting to find out whether I, as a runner-up, would be filling a seat. I don’t remember who ushered me inside, but I sure remember Frank.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • July 25, 2012 5:07 PM
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DVD Watch: First Roles of Now Famous Stars

Psst! If you want to peek into the past, Acorn Media is making it easy. Want to watch Keira Knightley at age 9? Try Acorn’s DVD of “A Village Affair,” a TV movie whose lesbian love story takes place in a small English village. How about Orlando Bloom at 13 in “Midsomer Murders"?
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • July 25, 2012 3:24 PM
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VOTE: TOH! Best Foreign Films of All Time, Part Two: Post-1960

We hope that you voted for your ten favorite foreign language films in our first, Pre-1960 poll. Here's Part Two--the Post-1960 list of fifteen of the best foreign films of all time. Your job: narrow that list down to ten.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2012 6:23 AM
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VOTE: TOH! Best Foreign Films of All Time, Part One: Pre-1960

Inspired by various best foreign film of all time lists, We've broken out top consensus titles into two polls, Pre-1960 (Part One) and Post-1960 (Part Two), with fifteen titles in each. You can vote for up to ten top picks. Let's see what your consensus picks turn out to be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2012 12:38 PM
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Greenfield Talks Sundance Hit 'Queen of Versailles': A Microcosm of the 1%

Photographer Lauren Greenfield lucked out with "Queen of Versailles," her second feature documentary. Her instincts drew her to forge a connection at a 2007 party with billionaire trophy wife Jackie Siegel, one of Versace's best customers, and to follow her around with a camera. The Sundance doc was scooped up by Magnolia, which opens it Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2012 4:18 PM
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