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Fonda

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On August 16, 2019
Peter Fonda was more myth than actor, thanks to him living a lifetime of fame based on Easy Rider. That movie doesn’t necessarily age well, especially the acid trip scene in New Orleans, but you can’t really overstate its importance. Fonda also had quality acting chops of his own, possibly equal to his sister if […]
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World War II did not lead to a wave of great literature, especially given its overwhelming importance in the twentieth century. But it sure led to a wave of great film. Perhaps no other event has so dominated global film. Some of this is of course lucky timing–the postwar world saw arguably the artistic peak […]
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Bibi Andersson, RIP

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On April 14, 2019
The great Swedish actress has died. It’s hard to overstate how wonderful she was in so many Ingmar Bergman films (as well as how skilled he was at getting amazing performances and writing meaty roles for women, a real problem for so many great male directors). Of course everyone is going to focus on Persona […]

Agnès Varda, RIP

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On March 29, 2019

The brilliant and pioneering filmmaker Agnès Varda has died. In my view, the second greatest living director, behind only Scorsese, Varda’s career is a tribute to the glory of film as a medium,

Marker

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On March 27, 2019

Chris Marker is one of the most unique and fascinating filmmakers in the genre’s history, a man who documented the political world of the 20th century with a sympathetic pessimism with which I f

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This is the grave of James Cagney. What to even say about someone like Cagney? A true great of the early sound era. Everyone knows him for his gangster pictures–and they are amazing, real gritty characters made at the very moment when Hollywood and prudish censorious politicians were cracking down on what that could be. […]

Films No One Needs

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On September 28, 2018

FFS: Bill Cosby may be in jail. Harvey Weinstein may be in hiding. But Roman Polanski is alive and well, and planning his first movie in the #MeToo era. He even has an Oscar-winning actor attached. Fr

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