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    VIDEO ESSAY: Growing up a Bond Girl

    I am a woman, a feminist, and a hardcore James Bond fan; I've even written a book on the Bond movies. But when I meet fellow fans, they are often startled that a woman is among them.

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    Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 1

    In the video above, for the first time, the "St. Elsewhere" credit sequence, set to Oscar-winning composer Dave Grusin’s memorable and infectious theme, unites all 26 regular cast members who graced its opening credits for varying lengths of time, ranging from a single season to its entire six-year ...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of Breaking Bad, Season 4

    Hollywood can keep its 3D, its CGI and whatever Dolby Surround version they’re up to now. For a contemporary cinematic experience as visceral and visually arresting as "Breaking Bad," audiences must look abroad, to Gaspar Noé’s "Enter the Void," or further, to films coming out of Thailand, Japan, an...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T.: Chapter 2: PULP FICTION (The Cool)

    Quentin Tarantino’s films treat talk as action; torrents of words spill out of his characters' mouths, defining and redefining them, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the world.

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    In Remembrance of Harris Savides: 1957-2012

    Cinematographer Harris Savides, who died yesterday at 54, was a poet of light. He shot some of the stylistically striking movies of the last two decades.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Portuguese Process - Pedro Costa and Miguel Gomes

    Portugal’s Miguel Gomes is a young director on the rise. This video links his film OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST with countryman Pedro Costa’s NE CHANGE RIEN, two films that explore the musical mysteries behind the creative process.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: CAIN'S CUTTHROATS (1971)

    A great deal of effort was apparently put into making this the worst movie ever made. They didn't pull it off, but the effort certainly shows.

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    The Mystery of Werner Herzog: Two Video Essays and One Text Essay

    One of the most revealing statements in the book "Herzog on Herzog" appears early on, when Werner Herzog tells interviewer Paul Cronin that from the time he was a young child he has suffered a particular "communication defect": he has no sense of irony.

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    EYE OPENERS: VIDEO ESSAY: Mickey Rourke: Highs & Lows

    The video essay above, by Jason Bellamy, is a tribute to Mickey Rourke, in honor of his 60th birthday, which is today.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 5.1

    "Breaking Bad," with its carefully thought-out look, dependably relies on its cinematography to deliver crucial narrative/thematic information, just as it relies on its characters to deliver significant exposition in a straightforward manner.

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