Robert De Niro’s Taxi Cab License Used to Prepare for Taxi Driver (1976)

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We all know that Robert De Niro has never cut corners when it comes to preparing for roles in films. Need him to gain 60 pounds to play the retired Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull? No problem. How about dropping down to a lean 4% body fat for Cape Fear? Consider it done.

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A Page of Madness: The Lost, Avant Garde Masterpiece from the Early Days of Japanese Cinema (1926)

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It’s a sad fact that the vast majority of silent movies in Japan have been lost thanks to human carelessness, earthquakes and the grim efficiency of the United States Air Force. The first films of hugely important figures like Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Hiroshi Shimizu have simply vanished.

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The Celebrity Encounters of Koko the Gorilla. For Her 43rd Birthday Today.

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Koko the Gorilla, who celebrates her 43rd birthday today, keeps pretty down-to-earth company for a celebrity.

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Watch The Lodger: Alfred Hitchcock’s First Truly ‘Hitchcockian’ Movie (1927)

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Before Alfred Hitchcock freaked out audiences everywhere by killing off the protagonist halfway through Psycho, before he was praised as a great master of cinema by a bunch of French critics who would themselves go on to become cinematic masters, before the adjective “Hitchcockian” entered the language, Hitchcock was simply a guy struggling to

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Wim Wenders Reveals His Rules of Cinema Perfection

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Does Wim Wenders, one of my favorite directors, make perfect films? Hardly — and therein, at least for me, lies the appeal.

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Coudal’s Kubrick Collection: An Online Treasure Trove of Kubrick Ephemera

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Last year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art wrapped up a brilliant, exhaustive exhibition about Stanley Kubrick.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: New Documentary About Aaron Swartz Now Free Online

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On BoingBoing today, Cory Doctorow writes: “The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online….

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Steve Buscemi’s Top 10 Film Picks (from The Criterion Collection)

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Ah, summer sunshine. It’s lovely, but so is the idea of drawing the drapes while Steve Buscemi schools me in some of the darker corners of cinema and the human psyche.

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Watch 1990s Video of Sacha Baron Cohen Playing Christo, the Proto Borat (NSFW)

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In 2005, a hirsute Kazakh journalist named Borat Sagdiyev ventured to America to make a documentary about “the Greatest Country in the World.

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Hardware Wars: The Mother of All Star Wars Fan Films (and the Most Profitable Short Film Ever Made)

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Back in 1977, San Francisco filmmaker Ernie Fosselius had the brainwave to make a spoof of a movie that had just come out. It was a risky move. Nobody had any sense that Star Wars would become the worldwide cultural phenomenon that it did.

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