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Exploiting History

Watching 12 Years a Slave -- and thinking back to a less celebrated film.

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Five Came Back

How a quintet of legendary American film directors were forever changed by their WWII service.

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The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

Deep focus upon one of film's most revered classics.

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The Big Screen

From the earliest moving images to the latest blockbusters, a history of our shared love affair with the movies.

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Pearls of the Czech New Wave

For a brief period in the 1960s, unprecedented cinematic freedom and innovation flourished in Czechoslovakia.

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World on a Wire

Long before The Truman Show, the German director trapped his characters in a virtual world.

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Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark

A new life -- and new collection -- of a film critic whose influence has yet to fade.

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The Complete Jean Vigo

A new collection celebrates the exuberant anarchist of film.

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Soft Skull's Deep Focus

A new series offers highly personal takes on films that -- in various registers -- spoke to a generation.

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Dearden and Fuller: Beyond the Studios

New reissues highlight the visions of indie-film precursors Samuel Fuller and Basil Dearden.

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On Mr. Arkadin and Orson Welles

A Welles scholar offers reflections on the director's vexed legacy, prompted by some recent publications.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.