Martin Scorsese Creates a List of 39 Essential Foreign Films for a Young Filmmaker

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Eight or so years ago, young filmmaker Colin Levy got an opportunity of a lifetime. He got a one-on-one meeting with Martin Scorsese.


The Cry of Jazz: 1958’s Highly Controversial Film on Jazz & Race in America (With Music by Sun Ra)

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“Jazz is dead.” You can imagine how that statement, potentially inflammatory even today, shook things up when filmmaker Edward Bland dared to say it in 1958.


Photos of Hiroshima by Hiroshima Mon Amour Star Emmanuelle Riva (1958)

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Hiroshima Mon Amour, Alain Resnais’s landmark 1960 meditation on war and memory, was Emmanuelle Riva’s first starring role. She plays a married actress (catch a scene here) who, while making a movie in Japan, has an affair with a Japanese architect played by Eiji Okada.


Quentin Tarantino Directs a 1995 Episode of ER: Brings Cinematic Virtuosity to TV

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Just as no list of the most 1990s-defining filmmakers could do without Quentin Tarantino, no list of the most 1990s-defining television shows could do without ER. The long-running, award-laden medical drama made more than a few daring moves over its fifteen years, not least its choices of guest directors.


The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: A New Fan-Made, Shot-for-Shot Remake of the 1980 Sci-Fi Classic

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In 2010, devoted Star Wars fans released Star Wars Uncut, a mashup, scene-by-scene remake of the very first Star Wars movie.
Now comes The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.


1000 Frames of Hitchcock: See Each of Alfred Hitchcock’s 52 Films Reduced to 1,000 Artistic Frames

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Some directors like John Cassavetes and Wong Kar-wai like to discover the movie as they are making it. Others filmmakers have a very clear conception of the movie right from the beginning. Alfred Hitchcock was very much in that latter category.


Wes Anderson’s Animated Books

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It was 2012, and Focus Features flew me and about three dozen other journalists to interview Wes Anderson for his latest movie Moonrise Kingdom right on the beach at Cannes. Though the day was hot enough to produce more than a few leathery topless sunbathers, Anderson wore the exact ‘80s-style beige corduroy suit you might expect him to wear.


The 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read?

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If you’re a reader and user of social media, you’ve likely tested your lifetime reading list against the BBC Book Quiz.
Or perhaps you’ve allowed your worth as a reader to be determined by the number of Pulitzer Prize winners you’ve made it through.


Open Culture Picks Our 10 Avant-Garde Favorites on Ubuweb: Joyce, Borges, Sontag, Wittgenstein & More

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If you know about Open Culture, surely you know about Ubuweb. If you don’t, its slogan says almost everything you need to know about it: “All Avant-Garde. All the Time.


The Eyes of Hitchcock: A Mesmerizing Video Essay on the Expressive Power of Eyes in Hitchcock’s Films

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Kogonada has made a career of producing elegantly conceived video essays that dissect the stylistic eccentricities of cinema’s greatest formalists. In one video, he neatly illustrated Wes Anderson’s love of symmetrical compositions.


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