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    Watch: A Video Essay on the 20 Black Best Actor Nominees Since the Beginning of the Academy Awards

    There have been 87 Academy Awards ceremonies thus far. As Nelson Carvajal's latest video essay points out, only 20 black actors have been nominated in the Best Actor category.

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    Watch: A Video Essay About Stanley Kubrick's Influence on Wes Anderson and Others (NSFW, Maybe)

    Press Play veteran Nelson Carvajal offers, with this video essay, a look at the ways Stanley Kubrick has visually influenced many directors, including Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron, and others.

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    Watch: The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films: A Video Essay

    Throughout his career, Paul Thomas Anderson has focused on human vulnerability. Films from "Punch Drunk Love" to "Magnolia" to "The Master" to "Inherent Vice" portray love as equal parts tender and strange. Anderson’s protagonists struggle with vices ranging from drug and sexual addiction, to megalo...

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    Watch: My Life as a Swedish Pop Star: The ABBA Videos of Lasse Hallström: A Video Essay

    Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, Anna-Frid: their initials spell ABBA. The band's distinctive image, indivisible from its sound and its success, was in large part crafted by Lasse Hallstrom, a director better known for his quirky comedies, like "My Life as a Dog," "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape," "Chocolat," a...

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    Watch: For Mike Nichols (1931-2014): A Video Essay

    There were three big “Mike Nichols moments” in my life. The first was the universally shared one: watching "The Graduate" for the first time.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)

    Attenborough, whom most would know either for his acting turn in "Jurassic Park" or for directing vast films like "Gandhi" or "Chaplin," had other exploits up his sleeve as well.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Our Scary Summer: 1979

    The cover of the June 1979 issue of Newsweek featured an image of Sigourney Weaver from "Alien." The caption read: "Hollywood's Scary Summer." I was thirteen. The horror movies released that summer would form a grotesque carnival that mirrored my own and the world's anxieties.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: From SLACKER to BOYHOOD: Cinematography in the films of Richard Linklater

    You can feel the heat in the Austin of "Slacker"; you can smell the chalkdust in "School of Rock"; you can feel the night breeze in "Dazed and Confused." And yet the camera here isn’t the aggressive, probing presence of a Scorsese or an Allen or a Lynch.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Paul Mazursky 1930–2014

    "[Middle-class life is] on the edge of soap opera and the edge of real; it’s alienated and confused, almost tragic."

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    VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Gordon Willis (1931-2014)

    Gordon Willis was a great cinematographer because he knew how to look at us, even when we couldn’t look at ourselves.

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