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    On Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE: Between the Pavement and the Beach Lies the Shadow

    "Inherent Vice" plays like a stoner’s version of Howard Hawks’ "The Big Sleep," with a coherent narrative getting lost in clouds of pot smoke. To some extent, that’s the point—the film’s characters have only one foot in reality. But it doesn’t make for articulate filmmaking.

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    Walking Toward the Flame: An Interview with Robert Greene About ACTRESS

    "Did I want to make a film that confirms that it’s hard to be a woman when you’re repressed creatively? Yes, I wanted to reveal that. Hopefully it doesn’t stop at that statement."

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    NYFF Documentaries: Political Cinema Horizons from RED ARMY to CITIZENFOUR

    For the first time in 52 years, the New York Film Festival has expanded to include a 15-film documentary sidebar. All the films suggest different ways of making political cinema. Do any of them offer real innovations or ways forward?

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    "Training, practice, letting go": An interview with Paul Eenhorn of LAND HO!

    "Whenever I talk to people in L.A., they’re all looking for a dream and have given up on it because life takes you in other directions. It’s not a good game trying to fit into this society. You’ve got to find your own space."

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    Waleed Zuaiter Discusses Producing and Starring In OMAR

    Zuaiter has recently appeared on American movie screens in Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s "Omar," in which he plays Israeli Agent Rami. Rami, who works for the Israeli equivalent of our FBI, convinces the title character to snitch on his radical Palestinian friends to get out of jail. He spok...

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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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    REVIEW: The Trials of (Not) Making a Movie in THIS IS NOT A FILM

    In the past two years, the Iranian government has moved from merely banning films (most of which were allowed to be released internationally) to arresting actors and filmmakers. Jafar Panahi is the highest-profile director to suffer such treatment. In 2010, his request to travel to the Berlin F...

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    DVD REVIEW: JEAN-PIERRE GORIN: a new DVD box set spotlights the director's best documentaries

    At first glance, the title of "Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin" looks like a joke. If Jean-Pierre Gorin, a Frenchman who moved to San Diego to teach at UCSD in the ‘70s, is known in the U.S. at all, it’s because he collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard as a member of the Dziga Vertov Group. How...

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