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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 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.