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    VIDEO ESSAY: Directed by De Palma

    It seems that video essayists are emerging every day—and if it isn't a new talent crossing our radar, it's someone whose extraordinary work we've somehow missed. The latter is the case with Joel Bocko, who's been making video essays since 2009.

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    Sell Out the Hallway—Room 237 and the Stakes of Found Footage

    "Room 237" bears a strong anti-intellectual impulse, more geared towards ramping up the spectacular weirdness of its interviewees than towards taking their ideas seriously.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Growing up a Bond Girl

    I am a woman, a feminist, and a hardcore James Bond fan; I've even written a book on the Bond movies. But when I meet fellow fans, they are often startled that a woman is among them.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: A Death Foretold: Foreshadowing in MAD MEN

    "Mad Men"'s season-five death obsession dominated recaps and comments threads throughout the last 12 weeks—with good reason, as it happened.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Kevin Brownlow, Film Essay Pioneer, on D.W. Griffith

    Next week the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will present the complete 5 1/2 hour version of Abel Gance’s epic Napoleon. It is truly a singular event: Due to the expense, technical challenges, and complicated rights issues involved, no screenings are planned for any other American cit...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: A close analysis of the Season 1 title sequence from THE WIRE

    Analysis of the opening credits of the first season of "The Wire," exploring how the images highlight the overall themes of each season and offer predictive snippets of future plot twists.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Looking vs. Touching

    Two European-set love stories separated by nearly a century, Lady Chatterley and In the City of Sylvia share a fascination with the art and practice of “looking.” This video essay picks up on a special connection between these two films.

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    VIDEO: Hal Hartley's Must-See Moments

    Hal Hartley’s newest film Meanwhile is said to be about a man who can do everything from plumbing to international finance to novel-writing, but who can’t seem to find “success.” But how do we measure success? In a quarter century of iconoclastic filmmaking, Hal Hartley ha...

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    FESTIVALS - Berlinale 2012 Final Report: The Tantalizing and the Taboo

    What does it take to get your film into a world class festival? That's the question asked with gleeful irreverence by "The Woman in the Septic Tank," which screened at the recently concluded 2012 Berlinale, one of the world's foremost festivals. This hilarious satire of intern...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Love Against Irony in Maren Ade's EVERYONE ELSE

    One of the most sublime and insightful romantic films in recent memory, Maren Ade’s Everyone Else won both Best Director and Actress awards at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. This video looks at one of the film’s key love scenes, and explores how two people struggle to express their ...

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