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    The Chicago Way: Crime Story back on DVD for its 25th Anniversary

    On September 18, 1986, director Michael Mann (Heat) made good on his promising career in TV and film with the debut of his new period cops-and-robbers saga, Crime Story. Not only did Crime Story’s feature-quality production design live up to that of its TV antecedent, Mann’s stylish Miami Vice; Crim...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: PARENTS, directed by Bob Balaban

    Parents - Nightmares of Childhood from John Keefer on Vimeo.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: All Things Shining: The Films of Terrence Malick, Chapter 5: THE TREE OF LIFE

    By Serena Bramble and Matt Zoller Seitz Press Play contributors

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE GO, PART 3: TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.

    By Aaron Aradillas, Richard Seitz and Matt Zoller Seitz

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE GO, PART 2: 1971-1984, THE SPEED YEARS

    On The Go Part 2 from Matt Zoller Seitz on Vimeo.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE GO, PART 1: BULLITT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION AND THE SEVEN-UPS

    The subtitle of Aaron Aradillas and Richard Seitz's series "On the Go" says it all: "The Golden Age of the Car Chase, 1968-1985." Films that played in American theaters and on TV during those years were likely to contain at least one car chase. Some pictures from...

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    LIFE'S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI - Chapter 1: Polanski's God

    I think people who go to see [Roman Polanski's films] for escapism are not going to be necessarily disappointed, but they're going to have to tweak their understanding of what entertainment is. When you watch a Polanski film, you're watching this sense of abundance in them. They have very cheerful s...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: COWARDS BEND THE KNEE, directed by Guy Maddin

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Fandor's blog site, Keyframe, begins its Director of the Month series today with a week long tribute to Canadian director Guy Maddin. In addition to specially commissioned articles and an exclusive interview with the director himself, Fandor editor-in-chief and Press Play contributor Kevin B. Lee has collaborated with Matt Zoller Seitz to produce this video essay discussing the technical and thematic achievements of Maddin's 2003 feature Cowards Bend The Knee. But the centerpiece of the weeklong tribute is Fandor's first blogathon hosted on Keyframe called The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World. From Se...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Mystic: the films of Nicholas Ray

    The Mystic: An Appreciation of Nicholas Ray from Serena Bramble on Vimeo.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The New Wave and the Left Bank, or A Certain Tendency in Modern French Cinema

    A Certain Tendency in Modern French Cinema from Jose Gallegos on Vimeo.

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