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    VIDEO ESSAY - MAD MEN Moments: The Carousel

    This video is inspired by the famous "Carousel" presentation in the finale of season one of Mad Men. The sequence is further explored by Tommaso Tocci in the accompanying essay.

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    VIDEO ESSAY - MAD MEN Moments: The Sad Clown Dress

    Selecting an iconic moment for Season Two of Mad Men, we focus on the idyllic domestic world of Betty Draper and how it all falls apart within a 24-hour span.

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    VIDEO ESSAY - MAD MEN Moments: The Lawnmower

    Our iconic moment of Mad Men season three easily ranks as one of the most shocking of the entire series to date.

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    VIDEO ESSAY - MAD MEN Moments: The Fight

    There is near-unanimous consensus that 4.07: "The Suitcase" is the standout episode of Season Four of Mad Men, so we knew that our video essay on a singular moment from that season had to come from that episode.

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #3: Falling: The Architecture of Gravity

    The video essay at its most direct, eloquent and illuminating, by virtue of simple comparison and astute observation.

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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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