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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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Post image for All Style, No Substance: Williamsburg in 3D

Stereoscopic, or 3D, vision is a technique usually associated these days with blockbuster movies. But, using a simple stereo camera, Carlton Bright rollerbladed around Williamsburg from 2003 to 2013 documenting a series of “modules” or “vignettes” about the neighborhood he loves and calls home.

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The Squat Theater, an itinerate group of mostly Hungarian political theatre emigrés decamped to NY in the 1970’s, barreling and slaking their way through the uber-outré squalor of an infrastructure challenged city, then self-imploded circa 1985.

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Blue Is the Color of Desire

by Julia Friedman on November 11, 2013

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Blue Is the Warmest Color, which clocks in at just under three hours, may be one of the most ambitious film love stories ever made. There are movies that paint first romance as a coming-of-age story; others try to capture the process and feeling of falling in love; some dissect the series of events leading to the end of a relationship. In Blue, director Abdellatif Kechiche has brilliantly captured all of the above.

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Post image for Mother of George: The Tyranny of Expectations

Mother of George is a sobriquet of simple expectations. Adenike is to give Ayodele a child, a son, and he is to be named George after Ayo’s father. It’s straight-forward, almost comfortably commanding, prophetic in its understated authority. You will have a child.

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Post image for Films in 60 Seconds: Just Another Modern Monday

On Monday, September 30, the Museum of Modern Art opened another season of its Modern Monday series with a selection of screenings from the recently defunct One Minute Film Fest.

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The Inner Life of a Museum

by Sarah Cowan on July 25, 2013

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Jem Cohen’s new feature film, Museum Hours, unfolds like a series of postcards from a lonely traveler, fresh with the pressure of on-site writing while calculating that the memory will be received miles and days away. Shooting primarily in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, Cohen’s foreign camera seeks the familiar: the stony wrinkles around ancient Roman eyes, a clean white egg inside a still life, a child’s ill-fitting hat in one of Bruegel’s noisy marketplaces. Art, Cohen seems to say, is a refuge for the outsider.

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