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Post image for Exposing the Blood and Guts of Hollywood’s Teen Girl Fantasy

LOS ANGELES — Laura Parnes’s four-disk video series Blood and Guts in Hollywood exposes the idealized teenage dream for what it is: A boring, vapid fantasy of “love” that is marketed and sold to an audience of young dreamers searching for their soulmate in the illusions of silver screens and false idols.

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A Will for the Woods film

In the United States, funerals often seem to be at war with death’s decay. Rather than let our bodies decompose into the soil, we embalm and coat them in makeup, seal them in wood and metal caskets, lower them into waterproof vaults.

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Still from 'Boy Meets Girl'

Thirty years after its release seduced critics with a nocturnal, jumbled dream of love and light, Leos Carax’s debut film, Boy Meets Girl, continues to burn with contradictions, seeming somehow to be younger today than it was yesterday.

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Ellar Coltrane, age 9, in 'Boyhood'

The big bet pays off in Boyhood, much like the risks of early life: making friends, changing the way we think and look, the things we do.

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Post image for A Portuguese Filmmaker with the Eye of a Dutch Master

A turn-of-the-century period piece, largely without a plot, that takes place almost entirely in a single room — and directed by a man who’s almost as old as the medium within which he works, cinema itself? Of course. Why not?

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Post image for The Plausibility of a Jewish Nun in Postwar Poland

Whenever a film arrives on the scene that has something exceptional, eccentric, or anomalous about it, it’s always likely to arouse the most excited, hyperbolic, and oftentimes varied response from critics. Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida seems to have accomplished just this.

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Post image for Woman of Mystery: Finding Vivian Maier

Today, the name “Vivian Maier” is far from unknown. People around the world have seen and read about Maier’s photographs, taken in New York, Chicago, and countless other places during the second half of the 20th century.

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Post image for The Political Weight and Forgotten Creativity of Postwar Polish Film

Scorsese has recently organized a series, Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, comprised of 21 pristine digital restorations of Polish films released between 1957 and 1987.

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Post image for Channeling Ryan Trecartin in Brooklyn

Ryan Trecartin is the voice of a generation … of monkeys who WhaTevEr. His films make me want to kill myself, like in a good way, because she is just.so.current.

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Post image for Barbara Stanwyck, Proto-Feminist Hollywood Star

It’s a sure sight for sore eyes to see the name “Stanwyck” emblazoned on a cinematheque marquee. Then again, not everyone today may be familiar with this name — but the uninitiated have every reason to stop in for one of the afternoon or evening double bills playing all through December at Film Forum.

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