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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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    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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