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CUT TO BLACK: CELEBRATING BLACK CINEMA

Honoring Black History Month, our focus celebrates the incredible wealth of Black artistry, both in front of and behind the camera. From acclaimed classics to hidden treasures, these distinctive achievements in film look to the past, reflect the present, and gesture to the future of cinema.

Recent reviews

A primal, erotically-charged horror film from Japanese master Kaneto Shindo, this reimagining of a Buddhist folk tale is an expressionistic interrogation of the consequences of war. Uncannily allegorising the trauma of Hiroshima, Onibaba’s creeping unease soon gives way to full-blown demonic terror.

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Recalibrating patriarchal narratives through a female lens, Pat Murphy marries melodrama to political critique for an invigorating examination of the Troubles. Structurally fragmented through a series of conversations and confessions, Maeve is a quietly radical landmark in Irish and feminist cinema.

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A sublime literary adaptation from British filmmaker Andrew Haigh (45 Years), this intimate drama aches with a deep yearning to belong, hindered by precarious living conditions. Shot in an ever-changing Portland, intense connections and shattering losses are articulated with an unfussy simplicity.

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With their seven film partnership, Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich traced a path of lush, scandalous romantic fantasies, of which The Blue Angel was their first. A masterpiece of relationship masochism, The Last Laugh’s Emil Jannings wilts before Dietrich, in her career-making role.

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Visionary filmmaker Leos Carax’s fantastical, mind-melting rock opera swells with visual invention and emotional highs. Stunningly physical performances from Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard—along with hypnotic music from iconic pop duo Sparks—make for an adrenalin shot of pure cinematic maximalism.

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“Isn’t life disappointing?” This adage from Ozu’s Tokyo Story echoes through Microhabitat, a tender comedy of disenchantment told in a delightfully vignetted story. Jeon Go-woon’s debut film is a wise meditation on livelihood and the beauty of freedoms both vast and small amidst an unforgiving city.

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Pinocchio and A.I.’s exploration of the desire to create artificial life is taken to boldly provocative lengths in Sandra Wollner’s incisive and unsettling modern fable. Told with cut-glass precision and eerie subjectivity, The Trouble with Being Born plumbs the darkest depths of the uncanny valley.

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The enigmatic red that soaks through Laida Lertxundi’s short reifies the elusive act of political and personal remembrance. The imprints the director’s familial history with Communist organizing have left on her art practice are felt in the leaps between time, space, and audiovisual experimentation.

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