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  • Film Review: 'The Duke of Burgundy'

    After paying elaborate tribute to Italian "giallo" horror films in his 2012 "Berberian Sound Studio," British director Peter Strickland applies much the same formula to the high-toned Euro sexploitation pics of the 1960s and '70s in "The Duke of Burgundy," here with even more striking, singular results. An act of cinephilic homage that transcends pastiche to become its own uniquely sensuous cinematic object, Strickland's densely layered, slyly funny portrayal of the sadomasochistic affair between two lesbian entomologists tips its hats to such masters of costumed erotica as Jess Franco, Tinto Brass and Jean Rollin, without ever cheapening its strange but affecting love story. A cult item to be sure, "Duke" could prove a canny art-house counter-offensive to "50 Shades of Gray" in niche theatrical play.
  • Early cinema champion gets a loving restrospective

    Early cinema champion gets a loving restrospective
    In a thoughtfully lavish act of curation, Northwestern University's Block Cinema is paying tribute to cinema's greatest pack rat and most ardent champion — the man whom poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau once described as "the dragon watching over...

    Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Wins 2014 Fipresci Grand Prix

    MADRID -- Finally getting something like global recognition, Richard Linklater has won the 2014 Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) Grand Prix for film of the year. Shot over 12 years between 2002 and 2013, and tracking boy actor Ellar Coltrane's...

    Richard Linklater on 'Boyhood,' the 'Before' Trilogy and the Luxury of Time

    Fittingly enough for a film about a long, unhurried process of discovery, it wasn't until near the wrap of production that Richard Linklater decided he would call his 16th feature "Boyhood." That was in the summer of 2013, more than a decade after he...

    Kenji Mizoguchi's 'The Life of Oharu' an enduring tale of struggle

     Kenji Mizoguchi's 'The Life of Oharu' an enduring tale of struggle
    When director Kenji Mizoguchi died of leukemia in 1956 he was 58 and a leading figure in world cinema, championed by members of the French New Wave, and the recipient of major prizes at the Venice Film Festival three years in a row. Along with Yasujiro...