Listen to Bill Murray Lead a Guided Mediation on How It Feels to Be Bill Murray

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How does it feel to be Bill Murray?
Wonderful, presumably. You’re wealthy, well respected, and highly sought. Your random real world cameos bring joy to scores of unsuspecting mortals.
Murray’s St. Vincent director Ted Melfi cites his ability to inhabit the present moment:
He doesn’t care about what just happened.


Guernica: Alain Resnais’ Haunting Film on Picasso’s Painting & the Crimes of the Spanish Civil War

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Note: You will hear sound 37 seconds into the film.
Humanity has endured a great many wartime atrocities since 1937, but to this day, if you think of an artwork born of one such event, you’ll more than likely still think of Guernica.


Hysterical Literature: Art & Sexuality Collide in Readings of Whitman, Emerson & Other Greats (NSFW)

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Without shame the man I like knows and avows the deliciousness of his sex, 
Without shame the woman I like knows and avows hers.
Thus spaketh Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass.


Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns, Starting with The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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Like many film fans, I grew up familiar with the term “Spaghetti western,” but I’d nearly reached adulthood before figuring out what, exactly, America’s most popular Italian dish had to do with America’s once-most popular movie genre.


Puppets of Dostoevsky, Dickens & Poe Star in 1950s Frank Capra Educational Film

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Produced between 1956 and 1964 by AT&T, the Bell Telephone Science Hour TV specials anticipate the literary zaniness of The Muppet Show and the scientific enthusiasm of Cosmos.


How Akira Kurosawa Used Movement to Tell His Stories: A Video Essay

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The history books say that there were three Japanese filmmakers to emerge in the 1950s – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa. Never mind that Mizoguchi and Ozu made many of their best movies in the 1930s.


The Touching Story Behind Paraguay’s Landfill Orchestra: Now Told in Film, and Soon a Book

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Back in 2012, I first told you about the amazing youth chamber orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay. The families from this small impoverished town, located alongside a vast landfill, can’t afford many luxuries — like buying instruments for their kids. But what they lack in money, they make up for in ingenuity and good spirit.


A Mesmerizing Supercut of the First and Final Frames of 55 Movies, Played Side by Side

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On his Vimeo page, Jacob T. Swinney frames his pretty remarkable supercut with these words:
What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side.


Take a “Breath” and Watch Samuel Beckett’s One-Minute Play

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As Samuel Beckett’s writing progressed through the ’60s, it became even more minimal, despairing, and bleak. It was as if he was paring away as much as he could to see if theater was left standing.


Watch Meryl Streep Have Fun with Accents: Bronx, Polish, Irish, Australian, Yiddish & More

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Meryl Streep, frequently hailed as one of our Greatest Living Actresses — she claims there’s no such thing — commands a near-encyclopedic mastery of accents.


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