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Two Films Capture the Genius of Gaudí

by Jeremy Polacek on December 19, 2014

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Can a film program be too Gaudí? Graced with Stefan Haupt’s efficient, if a little odd, documentary on the architect’s famously unfinished church, Sagrada Família, the Film Society of Lincoln Center (and at least one other theater) saw a match made in Barcelona and paired it with Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudí (1984), the rare architecture documentary that has achieved “cult” status.

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Around the world, the aesthetic of revolt flows unabridged, immediate, and jittery, the revolution in any room. Which makes Maidan, Sergei Loznitsa’s unblinking and stirring documentary of last year’s Ukrainian protests that ended in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych seem like even more of a formal, rigorous outlier.

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BERLIN — A spirit of “fearlessness and fuck-you” drove NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to make his identity public, explains reporter Glenn Greenwald in Laura Poitras’s documentary, Citizenfour.

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A Museum Where the Paintings Look Back

by Julia Friedman on November 5, 2014

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National Gallery, which premiered last month at the New York Film Festival, is the most recent of Frederick Wiseman’s 40-plus documentaries that feature single institutions.

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The Cynical Optimism of Errol Morris

by Julia Friedman on October 22, 2014

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In an interview earlier this year with The European Magazine, Errol Morris was asked to use one word to describe his work. His answer: “perverse.”

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An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

by Julia Friedman on October 21, 2014

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10.

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The 50 Year Argument, Martin Scorsese’s new documentary about The New York Review of Books, uses the same opening-sequence footage as another film about life in the Big Apple: West Side Story.

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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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