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Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins by Hilary Leichter
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If you’re craving a larger dose of antihero than the typical binge watch can offer, you might turn your gaze back to Sondheim and Weidman’s Assassins

Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV by Clinton Krute
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From deep within Louis XIV’s billowing gray afro—more a cloud than a sun—the once lively eyes of Jean-Pierre Léaud gaze out vacantly. Over the course of Serra’s simultaneously tedious and fascinating film, Léaud’s Sun King drifts and snoozes through his remaining days in a state of almost catatonic nonchalance, occasionally stopping to doff his hat or eat a fig to the great applause of courtiers.

Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion by Tan Lin
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A Quiet Passion, Terence Davies’s biopic about the poet Emily Dickinson, faces a problem typical of movies seeking to recreate the life of a literary figure: how to accommodate film to language, and, in particular, to Dickinson’s dense, elliptical, and unconventionally punctuated and often abstract poetry.

Danielle Dutton by Kate Zambreno
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“For me she is that awkward cucumber, but also the roses and carnations. She spreads. She crushes. She’s crushed. Margaret is the whole garden.”

Alexander Chee by Nicholas Mancusi
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“Stakes for women artists of the time were stakes on a much different scale. You had to be a genius just for people to accept that you might be human.”

Margarethe von Trotta and Barbara Sukowa by Sabine Russ
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Von Trotta and actress Barbara Sukowa discuss their history together, the role of radical women in Germany and their latest film, Hannah Arendt.

Out of the Pines and into the Desert by Lena Valencia
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Kelly Reichardt teams up with writer Jon Raymond once again and plunges us into the dark side of the American dream, except the stakes in this story are considerably higher: it’s set on the Oregon Trail in 1845.

John Singleton’s Rosewood by Susan Shacter
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It’s pretty exciting when a filmmaker’s work takes a giant leap—way beyond anything he’s done before—and just blows you away with its strength, horror, and sorrowful beauty.

Roland Joffé by Thomas Bird
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Director Roland Joffé discusses the films The Killing Fields and The Mission; growing up in post-war London; and transitioning from theater to television to film.

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