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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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    Watch: A Video Essay on Satan in Film History

    The character of Satan seems far more appealing to filmmakers than the character of God. This may be for reasons of propriety: one should not, perhaps, make too many images of God. But since when has Hollywood cared about anything other than money and stardom? God isn’t any good for either. Omnipote...

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    WATCH: A Video Essay Based on a New Book about Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

    If there were an Endowed Chair in Wes Anderson studies, Matt Zoller Seitz would probably occupy it.

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    Watch: A Video Essay on Guillermo del Toro's Colors

    In the work of Guillermo del Toro, color is as important as fantasy; the director has the color sense of a Van Gogh or Rembrandt, merged with an imagination worthy of H.P. Lovecraft, Italo Calvino, and Luis Bunuel all rolled into one.

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    WATCH: A Video Essay about Faith and IDA

    The title of this piece, "Framing the Faith of IDA," is appropriate: when watching Pawel Pawlikowski's film, the element that stands out most is, indeed, the visual framework.

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    WATCH: A Beautiful Video Essay on Ingmar Bergman's Use of Mirrors

    What better agent for Bergman's dour narrative than the mirror, here lovingly explored by ::kogonada in this latest video essay, done for the Criterion Collection?

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    WATCH: The Shower Scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho': A Shot by Shot Analysis

    Try as you might, you'll never entirely understand the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."

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    Watch: A Video Essay About Sofia Coppola's Dreamlike Aesthetic

    What defines the Sofia Coppola aesthetic? Is it the sublime use of soft and natural lighting? Is it the subtle pastels of the color pallet? Maybe the handheld camera that dizzily floats around the characters?

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