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    Watch: Spike Jonze's Aesthetics of Whimsy: A Video Essay

    Spike Jonze has crafted a uniquely whimsical visual style over the course of his four feature films. Making the most out of simple elements such as lens flares, floating camera movement, centered framing, and wide-angle close-ups, Jonze creates an atmosphere that appears to be lifted straight from t...

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    Watch: 29 Movies Shaped by (and Preceding) Ingmar Bergman's 'Persona': A Video Essay

    The influence of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona is legion.

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    Watch: A Video Essay That Breaks Down the Beatles Film 'A Hard Day's Night' Shot By Shot

    In his most recent video essay for Fandor, Kevin B. Lee uses cinemetrics, a technique he's used before, to better understand the way the opening sequence of A Hard Day's Night works; is it true that the opener shows the band seemingly at war with an ocean of fans, or is something else going on?

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    Watch: A Video Essay on How To Be a Cinephile

    This open-hearted video essay by Shannon Strucci instructs the viewer on how to be a cinephile; this part of what will be a multi-part series focuses largely on the work of Francois Truffaut.

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    Watch: David Fincher's Eternal Return in 'Gone Girl': A Video Essay

    "Gone Girl" is a perfect film to demonstrate the historical and, at bottom, psychological tendency towards repetition; the most consistent thing about both Nick Dunne and Amy Dunne is their duplicitousness, and we keep seeing it over, and over, and over again throughout the film.

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    WATCH: Alejandro González Iñárritu's Cinema of Self-Awareness: A Video Tour

    In Shakespeare studies, the term anagnorisis means a moment of self-recognition, when a character becomes blazingly aware of his or her place in the world, and of his or her relationship with other characters, after a long period of denial. The films of Alejandro González Iñárritu have anagnorisis t...

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    WATCH: A Video Essay on Shadows Through Cinema History

    While many shadows in cinema are simply a complement of lighting, the very deliberate and thoughtful shadows in this video convey everything from fear to empowerment--from the empty to the iconic.

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    WATCH: Why DOES Quentin Tarantino Do Close-Ups in 'Pulp Fiction'? A Video Study

    To say that Quentin Tarantino revels in exploitation is not an insult.

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    WATCH: A Video Essay on Wes Anderson's Use of Red and Yellow

    One can say that Wes Anderson is a master creator without implying that he is superior to other filmmakers. He is masterful in showing us that he is creating something, actively, onscreen--and moreover that we are creating it with him, in our reactions to it. He does this without seeming pretentious...

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    WATCH: A Montage of the Sensuous Close-Ups in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights'

    The first time I saw Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights,' and the second, the sexuality which gives the film its essential underpinning didn't make much of an impression on me.

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