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Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” Shows Art as Hard Work

Timothy Spall as J. M. W. Turner / Still from Mr. Turner
Photo by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

“Leigh’s Mr. Turner is a gentleman by social position, but he’s also a brute laborer, with paint-spattered hands.” More»

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Two Darkly Humorous Czech Films about the Craziness of Politics

Poster for the film The Joke, 1968
Poster for The Joke (Žert), 1968

“What’s so bracing about Czech New Wave films is how honest and artful they are.” More»

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Discovering “Daisies”

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A film as beautiful as it is weird. More»

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Two Unforgettable Films about World War I

Still from J'Accuse featuring undead soldiers questioning their sacrifice
Still from J'Accuse

Two classics screen for the war’s centenary. More»

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Tokyo Stories

Still from Adrift in Tokyo / 2007
Courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Three filmmakers have radically different takes on the city of Tokyo. More»

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Orpheus Goes to the Movies

Still from Black Orpheus / Marcel Camus
Still from Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus, 1959). Used with permission from The Criterion Collection.

Two cinematic retellings of the Orpheus myth are both controversial and compelling. More»

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Getty Voices: Directing Landscape

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Music and landscape combine to create a powerful “separate reality” in Werner Herzog’s work. More»

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Neon Hitmen

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Tokyo Drifter, screening this weekend, “smacks you in the face with a bucket of WTF paint.” More»

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Whispers and Shadows: Ray K. Metzker and “Street Noir”

City Whispers, Philadelphia / Ray K. Metzker
© Ray K. Metzker

“I imagine the people in Metzker’s photographs as supporting characters in a film noir—captured on an average day, precisely at the loneliest moment before the cruel twist of fate takes hold.” More»

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L.A.’s Cinematic Experiment, Then and Now

Kenneth Anger and Raymond Rohauer in front of the Cinema Theatre, Los Angeles, 1964

Los Angeles is known as a Hollywood town, but our film scene has always been about more than stars and blockbusters. Throughout the Pacific Standard Time era, experimental cinema screened across town and played a major role in the art… More»

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      ROSE

      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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