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Melvin Van Peebles, RIP

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On September 22, 2021
Lost a real one today: Melvin Van Peebles, whose low-budget 1971 phenomenon, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” — an X-rated film about a Black revolutionary’s survival on the run — proved a milestone of independent and African American cinema, died Sept. 21 at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. His family, the Criterion Collection and […]

Indigenous Cinema

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On May 29, 2021

The Criterion Collection has long taken criticism for being very white and canonical in its approach. But with The Criterion Channel and its blog, it has really rectified that in great ways. Since it&

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Kim Ki-Duk, RIP

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On December 12, 2020
The great Korean film maker has died of COVID-19, at the age of only 59. At this point, any discussion of Kim has to note that he was heavily implicated in the #MeToo movement in South Korea and it sounds like he was a pretty bad dude. So there is that. There is also the […]
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Soumitra Chatterjee, RIP

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On November 23, 2020
It’s remarkable how many of the all time great directors have that one actor (or sometimes a few) that they work with again and again and again, making careers together. For Kurosawa, it was Toshiro Mifune. For Bergman, it was the whole company of Max Von Sydow and Bibi Andersson and Harriet Andersson and Gunnar […]
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