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    VIDEO ESSAY: First Fassbinder

    The German actor and filmmaker Frank Ripploh interviewed Rainer Werner Fassbinder in March 1982, only a few months before Fassbinder's death at age 37. Ripploh's last question was: "How do you describe yourself?" "I'm a romantic anarchist," Fassbinder said.

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    ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ Is Better Than Ever

    When Ernst Lubitsch’s "To Be Or Not To Be" opened in the spring of 1942, just months after America went to war, it was repudiated and even reviled by many critics who thought it was in poor taste to juxtapose comedy against the backdrop of Poland’s invasion by the Nazis.

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    Movie Master Classes On DVD

    It’s understandable when someone doesn’t want to re-purchase a film he already owns on DVD, but the Criterion Collection makes it hard to resist by adding such outstanding bonus material.

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    Criterion Announces September Slate, Highlighting Ingrid Bergman in Films from Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman

    For September, the theme of the Criterion Collection's slate seems to be actor Ingrid Bergman. Criterion will introduce the deluxe box set "3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman," a trio of intensely dramatic collaborations between the game-changing Italian director and one of Hollyw...

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    Studio Vaults Open—On DVD

    Many of the major studios no longer want to be in the DVD (or Blu-ray) business; they’d rather stream or download their films. There are some notable exceptions, however, and they spell good news for serious buffs and collectors.

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    Africa and France: The Work of Jean Rouch

    The French director Jean Rouch invented so many new cinematic forms that his films gave rise to new words: “ciné-trance,” “ethno-fiction.” Yet his prolific oeuvre has fallen in and out of favor; in the past few decades, it’s been hard to see most of his films in the United States.

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    Criterion Announces May Slate, Featuring Double Delmar Davies and Mike Leigh's 'Life is Sweet'

    2013 is shaping up to be a promising year for those who like their classic and arthouse films loaded with extras and emblazoned with a sterling "C." Titles like Terrence Malick's "Badlands" (March 19th) and Robert Bresson's "A Man Escaped" (March 26th) are among the notable highlights in the crop. N...

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    Five of the Most Romantic Classics Made Available by Hulu and Criterion's Love Affair

    For the last couple of years, the Criterion Collection has done its best to offer a light in the life of unlucky in love cinephiles everywhere by offering a flash sale of its inventory in their online store on Valentine's Day. If anyone woke up this morning initially feeling heartbroken and betr...

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    DISCOVERING ANOTHER 'LES MISÉRABLES'

    I grew up on the 1935 Hollywood version of 'Les Misérables' that starred Fredric March and Charles Laughton, and I still think of it fondly. I also like the Claude Lelouch film of 1995, a variation on Victor Hugo’s novel with Jean-Paul Belmondo in the leading role. But I just viewed an epic three-pa...

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    Indiewire's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Options For the Discerning Movie Lover

    What do you give the committed cinephile with discerning taste? A new sweater just won't cut it. Even by limiting your options to new books and DVDs, the possibilities are dense and incredibly broad. Not every movie lover will delight at receiving the same movie-related gift. In constructing this li...

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