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    VIDEO - THREE REASONS: BATTLE ROYALE, a HUNGER GAMES for Grownups

    With Hollywood poised and ready to drop the next big book-to-screen adaptation on March 23, The Hunger Games will be the latest tween sci-fi/fantasy franchise to wipe moviegoer's minds of wand-waving witches and vapid vampires. But I feel like I've already seen it, and not because the trailer spelle...

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    VIDEO: Motion Studies #2: A Diary on David Holzman

    This video essay links an under-seen 1967 American independent film with the current wave of reality TV and video blogs that pervade contemporary culture.

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #1: The Substance of Style

    A sampling of exemplary works from the emerging genre of online video essays on cinema. What better way to kick off the series than with an opening credit sequence, unpacked in such a way that can only be done via video essay?

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    AUDIOVISUALCY: A New Press Play Column

    The Audiovisualcy column on Press Play is a collaboration between Press Play's editors, Audioisualcy curator Catherine Grant, and a series of guest contributors, who will take turns to pick particular video essays and to discuss what it is that we like and value about them.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Kevin Brownlow, Film Essay Pioneer, on D.W. Griffith

    Next week the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will present the complete 5 1/2 hour version of Abel Gance’s epic Napoleon. It is truly a singular event: Due to the expense, technical challenges, and complicated rights issues involved, no screenings are planned for any other American cit...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: American Harmony

    VIDEO ESSAY: American Harmony

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Looking vs. Touching

    Two European-set love stories separated by nearly a century, Lady Chatterley and In the City of Sylvia share a fascination with the art and practice of “looking.” This video essay picks up on a special connection between these two films.

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    VIDEO: Hal Hartley's Must-See Moments

    Hal Hartley’s newest film Meanwhile is said to be about a man who can do everything from plumbing to international finance to novel-writing, but who can’t seem to find “success.” But how do we measure success? In a quarter century of iconoclastic filmmaking, Hal Hartley ha...

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    VIDEO - THREE REASONS: King Vidor's THE CROWD

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Contributor Robert Nishimura's video series Three Reasons continues with King Vidor's The Crowd. He feels this film deserves attention in light of the Best Picture Oscar for The Artist and is a perfect candidate for restoration and release on the Criterion label.]

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    VIDEO ESSAY: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN HOLLYWOOD: HORROR, MAKEUP AND THE OSCARS

    The practitioners of visual effects have a favorite phrase for what they do: the Invisible Art – effects that are imaginative, even astonishing, but that are ultimately there to sell a world, a character or a moment. Special makeup might be the best illustration of this principle. One of makeup's gr...

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