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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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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).