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    The Continuing Influence of Akira Kurosawa on World Cinema

    The Continuing Influence of Akira Kurosawa on World Cinema

    One day in the middle of September 1951, Akira Kurosawa went fishing. He needed to. The film he had just finished, The Idiot had been released by the studio Shôchiku…

    ‘The Seventh Seal’: An Enthralling Philosophical Work of Art

    ‘The Seventh Seal’: An Enthralling Philosophical Work of Art

    Ingmar Bergman decided to make something completely different upon witnessing the success of his comedy Smiles of a Summer Night in Cannes, where the film had won the jury’s special…

    Stanley Kubrick interview with Playboy magazine, 1968

    Stanley Kubrick interview with Playboy magazine, 1968

    Playboy: Much of the controversy surrounding 2001 deals with the meaning of the metaphysical symbols that abound in the film—the polished black monoliths, the orbital conjunction of Earth, Moon and…

    ‘Fight Club’: David Fincher’s stylish exploration of modern-day man’s estrangement and disillusionment

    ‘Fight Club’: David Fincher’s stylish exploration of modern-day man’s estrangement and disillusionment

    Standing proudly among the ranks of those films whose post-theater, DVD legacy far outshone and outlived the results and recognition they got while on display in cinemas across the United…

    The Photography of Ludwig Wittgenstein

    The Photography of Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Philosophers have often ruminated on the aesthetics of photography. Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida begins with a poignant memorialization of his mother, as remembered through her photograph. Pierre Bourdieu’s Photography: A Middle-Brow…

    “The Exorcist” — How our scariest movie got made

    “The Exorcist” —  How our scariest movie got made

    Released the day after Christmas, 1973, “The Exorcist” was an immediate sensation. In its first few weeks in theaters, stories abounded of viewers fainting, becoming nauseous or leaving the theater…

    Allman Brothers Band’s Legendary 1971 Fillmore East Run: An Oral History

    Allman Brothers Band’s Legendary 1971 Fillmore East Run: An Oral History

    Forty-five years ago, on March 11th, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band took the stage at Bill Graham’s vaunted Fillmore East Theater in New York for the first of a series of shows…

    The Beatles: 1967–1970

    The Beatles: 1967–1970

    Even if you’re a newcomer to The Beatles’ legacy, it’s hard to imagine a time when Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandwasn’t part of the popular culture lexicon. But even…

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