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    Watch: Title Sequences: The Leap from Alfred Hitchcock to David Fincher

    Alfred Hitchcock and David Fincher have made remarkable thrillers, and they have also been responsible for some wildly imaginative title sequences.

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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: Eyes in the Films of Darren Aronofsky: A Video Appreciation

    When Darren Aronofsky focuses on a character's eyes, the story told will be different than the story told when Hitchcock does it, or Bergman does it.

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    Watch: Why DO the Characters in Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION Spend So Much Time in the Bathroom?

    Of the myriad questions raised by Quentin Tarantino's now-classic "Pulp Fiction," I would have to confess that one of them was not, for me, "Why do the film's characters spend so much time in the bathroom?" And yet this video essay by Michele Bucci raises the question, and answers it, and argues for...

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    Watch: A Video Essay on Setpieces Throughout Film History

    Screenwriter John August describes a setpiece as "a scene or sequence with escalated stakes and production values, as appropriate to the genre... Done right, set-pieces are moments you remember weeks after seeing a movie."

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    Watch: "I sing a song about bananas..."

    There's more than one way to do a video essay. Many of the video essays we run here are forms of film criticism. However, these pieces can also be instructional. But about bananas? Yes.

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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: L.A.I.: Spike Jonze's HER Meets Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER: A Video Essay

    This video amalgamation of Spike Jonze's Her and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner by Drew Morton has a sad, sweet quality about it, as if Morton were depicting two parts of the same film.

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    Watch: What Is It, Kevin B. Lee Asks, That Makes a Video Essay Great?

    This excellent video piece by Kevin B. Lee for Fandor should be of interest to anyone who reads this blog regularly. If you go to the home page for Press Play, you'll see a quote by Roger Ebert at the (more or less) upper left corner: "The best video essay source on the Web."

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    Watch: A Video Essay on the Links Between Martin Scorsese and Elia Kazan in THE DEPARTED

    Cole Smith's recent video essay on the links between Martin Scorsese and Elia Kazan brings a few important things to light, with an unusual amount of command and fluidity. One of these is the turbulent story of Kazan himself.

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