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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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