Watch Four Free Movies Online by the Palme d’Or-Winning Director, Michael Haneke

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The Austrian director Michael Haneke is best known for his films Caché, Funny Games, The White Ribbon and Amour. The latter two won the Palme d’Or for best film at the 2009 and 2012 Cannes Film Festivals, respectively.

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Enjoy 15+ Hours of the Weird and Wonderful World of Post Soviet Russian Animation

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Back during the waning years of the Soviet Union, animator Aleksandr Tatarsky left the state-run studio Écran to form his own animation company called Studio Pilot, the first privately owned company of its kind in Russia. The studio quickly made a name for itself by turning out bizarre, surreal and, at times, downright disturbing animated shorts.

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Thomas Edison & His Trusty Kinetoscope Create the First Movie Filmed In The US (c. 1889)

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Thomas Edison is undoubtedly America’s best-known inventor. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” for his prolific creativity, Edison amassed a whopping 1093 patents throughout his lifetime.

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In 1968, Stanley Kubrick Makes Predictions for 2001: Humanity Will Conquer Old Age, Watch 3D TV & Learn German in 20 Minutes

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1968. Revolution was in the air and the future seemed bright. That year, Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey – a big-budget, experimental rumination on the evolution of mankind.

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Titanic: The Nazis Create a Mega-Budget Propaganda Film About the Ill-Fated Ship … and Then Banned It (1943)

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(NOTE: While the trailer remains untranslated, the full film includes English subtitles.)
James Cameron’s Titanic appeared in 1997 as the most expensive film ever made. Werner Klingler and Herbert Selpin’s Titanic appeared in 1943 as the most expensive German film ever made.

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A Glimpse Into How Wes Anderson Creatively Remixes/Recycles Scenes in His Different Films

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Wes Anderson’s movies always trigger a healthy buzz in the pop culture world, and his recently released Grand Budapest Hotel is no different. Already, the film has won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, and if IMDB ratings are anything to go by, it’s well on its way to becoming another Anderson classic.

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Listen to Orson Welles’ Classic Radio Performance of 10 Shakespeare Plays

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Before he directed Citizen Kane, Orson Welles was already famous. He was an enfant terrible of that new medium radio — one of his plays, an adaptation of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, famously terrified the nation in 1938. He was also known as a wunderkind of the stage.

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How Truffaut Became Truffaut: From Petty Thief to Great Auteur

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“Cinema saved my life,” confided François Truffaut. He certainly returned the favor, breathing new life into a French cinema that was gasping for air by the late 50s, plagued as it was by academism and Big Studios’ formulaic scripts.

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Striking French, Russian & Polish Posters for the Films of Andrei Tarkovsky

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Nearly thirty years after his death, Andrei Tarkovsky (many of whose films you can watch free online) continues to win devoted fans by what some describe as his still-unparalleled mastery of aesthetics.

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The Perfect Symmetry of Wes Anderson’s Movies

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Video essayist Kogonada previously made some brilliant observations about the visual obsessions of some of cinema’s greatest formalists. Stanley Kubrick, as Kogonada elegantly points out, composes most of his shots using one-point perspective. Once called out, it becomes a motif that’s really hard to ignore.

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