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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: This Is How You Make a Low-Budget Horror Film--Err, Comedy: A Video Essay on EVIL DEAD 2

    To say I laughed until I cried while watching Kevin B. Lee's video essay on the low-budget Sam Raimi horror film "Evil Dead 2" would be a misstatement, since I don't recall any actual tears rolling down my face. But: there are a lot of laughs here.

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    Watch: The POV Shot in Film, Part One (Leigh Singer's Take)

    How do we quantify what happens when a film assumes the first person point of view, and instead of watching events unfold on camera, viewers become, in a sense, part of those events? Leigh Singer takes us through the varieties of experience possible with such POV shots in his latest video essay (whi...

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    The STAR WARS Films and Their Hold on Viewers' Inner Lives: A Video Essay

    Most American moviegoers who are old enough to have seen the original "Star Wars films" in the theater, back in the 1970s and 1980s, oversized iced beverage on one side, tooth-rotting candy or dehydrating popcorn on the other, utter silence in the days before cell phones, have some emotional relatio...

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    Watch: The Louisiana Landscapes of TRUE DETECTIVE As One Grand Open Stage: A Video Essay

    It is entirely appropriate that "True Detective" takes place in Louisiana. That might sound like a tautology, somewhat like saying that it's appropriate that "A Christmas Carol" takes place in London or "Vertigo" takes place in San Francisco.

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    Watch: The Sublime Presence in Michael Mann's Films: A Video Essay

    It's hard to say what it is that's surging beneath so many of Michael Mann's films, what gives them their energy. It could be that he comes the closest to the sublime of any American director.

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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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    Watch: 222 Heartbeats, Over 100 Films, From TRIP TO THE MOON to E.T. to GRAVITY ...

    The current piece is just under five minutes long, and does truly take us from a man pointing a gun at an audience in "The Great Train Robbery" to the shower scene in "Psycho" to the rearing of the beast's head in "Alien" to Anthony Hopkins' mask in "Silence of the Lambs" up to Sandra Bullock spinni...

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    Watch: Darren Aronofsky's Cinema of Extremities: A Video Tribute

    When watching this brief but dense video homage to Darren Aronofsky's work by Edgar Martinez, one is reminded that Aronofsky never does anything by halves.

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