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Calendar, Night&Day Quiet on the Set

Quiet on the Set

Among the legions of innovative directors of the silent era, D.W. Griffith (The Birth of a Nation), Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments), and Abel Gance (Napoleon) reign supreme as masters of the epic. Their crazily ambitious movies were big-screen…
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Calendar, Night&Day Che


Why Che Guevara, and why now? Unlike The Motorcycle Diaries and 20th Century Fox’s long-ago debacle, Che!, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part, four-hour Che is neither romantic nor even particularly partisan. The movie presents its subject almost entirely in the context of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Artists' Union

Artists' Union

On a February day in 1919, four pissed-off heavyweights of the silent era signed a pact. Although the movie industry was still young, businessmen had already figured out how to assert themselves over the talent. The studio heads controlled budgets…
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Calendar, Night&Day Nights of <i>Cabiria</i>

Nights of Cabiria

When Giovanni Pastrone's three-hour, effects-laden masterpiece Cabiria burst onto Italian movie screens in 1913, some clever fellow coined the phrase "cinematographic opera." Nowadays we'd say "epic extravaganza" or some such hokum, but that doesn't begin to cut the senape either.…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Switched at <i>Birth</i>

Switched at Birth

FRI-SAT 3/25-26 Though it's on the syllabus of nearly every introductory film class for its undeniable artistry, D.W. Griffith's 1915 silent film Birth of a Nation is also a shocking testament to the institutionalized racism of its day. Glorifying the…
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Second Time Around

The Brothers Taviani For 10 years after their masterpiece Padre Padrone (1977) was first shown in the United States, the films of Vittorio and Paolo Taviani were staples in the dwindling number of American theaters still showing foreign films. This…
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