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    Watch: A Video Essay About Jacques Tati, A Glass Door, and The Importance of Appearances

    It would be very easy to watch the event which forms the center of this beautiful video essay from David Cairns for Criterion, on Jacques Tati's "Playtime," and think it was merely a gag, nothing more, nothing less.

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    WATCH: This New Video Essay Shows the Turning Point in Movies From SNOWPIERCER Back to Looney Tunes

    Tony Zhou's newest video essay reminds us that a Warner Brothers cartoon, "Snowpiercer," "The Walking Dead," "The Matrix," "Eyes Wide Shut," "The Untouchables," and many other films have one thing in common.

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    Watch: A Video Essay About the Power of the Lens Flare

    The lens flare is typically used, or perhaps over-used, to show a brush with the unnameable, in whatever form that might take. Jacob Swinney takes us through quite a few of these instances in this video essay, but they are all unified by a sense of sublimity, either benign or horrific.

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    Watch: Here Is Why Narrative Is the Greatest Illusion That Has Ever Existed

    This video essay reminds us how we frequently mistake narrative as reality.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy

    For all his love of fantasy, Gilliam is enough of a realist to know that most creeps and weirdos don’t get the girl of their dreams, or the girl of their dreams turns out to be more human than they’d bargained for, and so what they are left with is the pure, perfect bliss of the dream — the triumph ...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Electric Sheep: How Female Power Is Limited By Consumer Culture

    We don’t want women to be objects, but we sure as hell want them to be symbols.

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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: R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

    When watching Lauren Bacall in her older films, it is impossible to not think of "sexy" as one of the adjectives to describe her, and yet where is that sexiness coming from? In part, it comes from a sense that she might say something barbed, or worse, at any turn, and that if she doesn't, she's choo...

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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: Slow Motion Movie Supercut

    LOOK. PAY ATTENTION. NOTICE THE MOVEMENT.

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