Film

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Charles Silver has worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) since 1970, first in the film studies center and then (and still) as a curator in the department of film.

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Post image for A Disappeared Houdini Film Escapes from Obscurity

The great escape artist Harry Houdini starred in five silent films in the early 20th century, but one considered among his best was long considered lost — until now.

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Post image for Capturing the Human Body in All Its Awkwardness

Ulrich Seidl: Stills 1998– 2014, an exhibition of Austrian director Ulrich Seidl’s film stills currently on view at OstLicht Gallery in Vienna, showcases the filmmaker’s particular relationship to the aesthetics of the imperfect human body.

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Post image for Who Are the (Potential) Art Winners Among the 2015 Oscar Nominees?

The nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards are out today, and from Mr. Turner to Finding Vivian Maier, there’s a fair chance of some visual art films taking home gold-plated statuettes and adding Oscar medallions to their DVD cases.

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Post image for From Civil Rights to Uncivil Realities, ‘Selma’ Resonates Today

Selma is a film in which every moment has weight.

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Post image for Does It Suck? Another Look at ‘Showgirls’

Long brushed off as a horrendous excuse for a film, Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas’s epic flop Showgirls may have more than meets the eye. Or, at least, its vulgar superficiality may be worth critical re-evaluation

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Reactor

The Last Victorian Microscope Artist

by Allison Meier on September 22, 2014

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The art of diatom designs didn’t really make it into the 21st century.

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Essays

A Documentarian of Memory

by Michael Blum on August 21, 2014

Chris Marker, still from 'Level Five'

Chris Marker’s death two years ago, on the day of his 91st birthday, heralded a surge of renewed interest in the enigmatic French filmmaker. With an impressive retrospective centered on a digital restoration of the film Level Five (1997), the Brooklyn Academy of Music presses on with the project of rehabilitating the fringes of Marker’s career.

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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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Spectacle Theater

Spectacle excels at making the most of whatever its members put their eclectic, seemingly tireless minds to. Seven days a week the volunteer-made, volunteer-run, 30-seat screening space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hustles out a menagerie of films — rare, radical, forgotten, misbegotten, offbeat, and controversial — which they charge $5 to see.

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