‘Personal History Of David Copperfield’ Will Open 2019 London Film Festival

The first domino of the fall festival season has dropped with the announcement that Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is set to open the 63rd BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 2. What’s noteworthy about “David Copperfield’s” premiere is that it is strictly a “European” one meaning its world premiere should occur at either the Telluride or Toronto International Film Festivals in September. Considering Iannucci’s last film, “The Death of Stalin,” debuted at Tiff in 2017, we’re betting on the later.

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Netflix Edits Out Graphic ’13 Reasons Why’ Suicide Scene After Two Years of Backlash

Netflix has removed a controversial scene from the first season of its teen drama series “13 Reasons Why” that depicts in graphic detail a character committing suicide. The scene debuted in the first season finale which, like the rest of the show’s initial run, was made available March 31, 2017 on Netflix. Several parent and family organizations, including the Parents Television Council, slammed the show for depicting a suicide in such graphic detail.

The scene in question showed Katherine Longford’s character Hannah Baker cutting herself in the bathtub and did not edit out the violence. Over two years later, the scene has been entirely removed from the episode.

“We’ve heard from many young people that ’13 Reasons Why’ encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement (via Variety). “As we prepare to launch season three later this summer,

Quentin Tarantino Says If He Commits to Directing ‘Star Trek,’ That’s His Last Movie
Quentin Tarantino Says If He Commits to Directing ‘Star Trek,’ That’s His Last Movie

Quentin Tarantino broke the hearts of many fans earlier this month by reminding them he is still planning to retire from filmmaking after helming his 10th feature film. As the writer-director told GQ Australia, “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road. I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”

Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is his ninth directorial effort, which means it will be his penultimate effort should he stick to this 10-film plan before retirement. The director’s GQ interview had many fans wondering how Tarantino will choose to end his directorial career and asking whether or not his much-discussed “Star Trek” movie would be his final filmmaking project. Tarantino successfully pitched an R-rated

Back to One, Episode 66: Jesse Eisenberg

While he might be best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg’s preternatural ability for making unique characterization choices has won him roles in wildly original films, both indie and studio, such as The End of the Tour, Adventureland, Holy Rollers, American Ultra, Zombieland, and two of my favorites, The Squid and the Whale and The Double. Now he continues that trend with Riley Stearns’ The Art of Self Defense. In this half hour he talks about the effort he put into finding the right tone to play the absurdity in that film, […]

Moviegoing Memories: Carlos Reygadas

Moviegoing Memories is a series of short interviews with filmmakers about going to the movies. Carlos Reygadas's Our Time is Mubi Go's Film of the Week of July 12, 2019.Notebook: How would you describe your movie in the least amount of words?Carlos Reygadas: It’s a movie of magnets and sex and mirrors and fear.Notebook: Where and what is your favorite movie theatre?Reygadas: It’s a huge movie theater in Mexico City and it’s my favorite because it’s directly on the street, not in a mall or in a multiplex. It’s called the Angry Dog.Notebook: What is the most memorable movie screening of your life?Reygadas: I don’t remember any.Notebook: If you could choose one classic film to watch on the big screen, what would it be? Reygadas: The film I'd really like to see on the big screen is

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Die Yuppie Scum! Director Mary Harron on American Psycho

In her first feature, I Shot Andy Warhol, Mary Harron remembered the craziness of the ‘60s. With her adaptation of novelist Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical gorefest, American Psycho, she coolly captured the money-driven insanity of the ’80s. From our print issue archives, and appearing online for the first time, is this Winter, 2000 cover story: Peter Bowen talks to Harron about social satire, interior design, and Leonardo. In 1991, Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical novel American Psycho caused a minor scandal. Readers and critics could not agree as to whether its icy portrayal of the young, handsome, successful Patrick Bateman, an uber-yuppie who divided […]

Die Yuppie Scum! Director Mary Harron on American Psycho

In her first feature, I Shot Andy Warhol, Mary Harron remembered the craziness of the ‘60s. With her adaptation of novelist Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical gorefest, American Psycho, she coolly captured the money-driven insanity of the ’80s. From our print issue archives, and appearing online for the first time, is this Winter, 2000 cover story: Peter Bowen talks to Harron about social satire, interior design, and Leonardo. In 1991, Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical novel American Psycho caused a minor scandal. Readers and critics could not agree as to whether its icy portrayal of the young, handsome, successful Patrick Bateman, an uber-yuppie who divided […]

Kevin Smith Is Doing a Live Reading of His Never-Produced ‘Clerks III’ Script
Kevin Smith Is Doing a Live Reading of His Never-Produced ‘Clerks III’ Script

Following the anniversary of the nastiest tweet ever written about someone’s life partner, Kevin Smith took to Twitter to announce another exciting event: A live reading of the “Clerks III” script, a never-produced second sequel to Smith’s 1994 debut film which made him one of the most influential indie filmmakers of the ’90s. The reading will be a benefit for The First Avenue Playhouse, a self-described dessert theater in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey – Smith’s home state.

“This August – in the great state of New Jersey!,” the filmmaker tweeted by way of an announcement. “Come hear what might have been, when we read the unmade Clerks III script! There are only 80 seats at a pricey $100 apiece, but all the money goes to The First Avenue Playhouse (it’s a Benefit for them)!”

Clearly there’s a high demand for the undiscovered project, as the 80 available tickets quickly sold out,

Duncan Jones Isn’t Sure He Can Finance Next ‘Moon’ Film, So He’s Writing a Graphic Novel
Duncan Jones Isn’t Sure He Can Finance Next ‘Moon’ Film, So He’s Writing a Graphic Novel

Filmmaker Duncan Jones is moving forward with the final movie in his “Moon” film trilogy, just not in the way many fans are probably expecting. The trilogy, which includes Jones’ 2009 indie favorite “Moon” and his 2018 Netflix misfire “Mute,” will end with a final entry that will make its debut as a graphic novel. The director recently told Polygon he’s unsure whether or not he’ll be able to acquire the necessary budget to make a third film, so he’s going the graphic novel route to ensure the story gets out there.

“Yeah, that one’s been done for a while,” Jones said when asked about the third and final film in the trilogy. “I’m working on a graphic novel of it right now. It’s a bigger film. It’s going to be a tricky one to finance in this era where original material on a bigger

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic Casts Its Lead After Competitive Search for New Star
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic Casts Its Lead After Competitive Search for New Star

After an “extensive search,” filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has found his Elvis Presley: Austin Butler. The rising actor will star in Luhrmann’s much-anticipated new feature film, which charts the seminal singer’s rise, with a special emphasis on his life-changing relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker (the already-cast Tom Hanks). Butler reportedly beat out other contenders for the party, including Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles.

Per the film’s official synopsis, the still-untitled feature “will explore the life and music of Presley, through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played in the film by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks. The story will delve into their complex dynamic spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.”

“I knew I couldn’t

‘From the Earth to the Moon’ Is an Epic Miniseries of the Past, and What’s Needed in the Future

When “From the Earth to the Moon” premiered in April 1998, it was a big deal for HBO. Still two months away from debuting “Sex and the City” and eight months out from “The Sopranos,” what was then still known as the Home Box Office network was making a big prestige play, with a miniseries about Nasa’s Apollo missions, in a genre dominated by broadcast. After all, broadcast networks reached more people, and only cable providers willing to pay a little extra could check out HBO’s biggest event to date.

Of course, that made it a pretty big deal for TV itself, as the shows dominating cultural conversations and the awards circuit started to shift away from the Big Four networks and into the cable space. There was no way of knowing this 21 years ago, but “From the Earth to the Moon” was an event nonetheless — costing $65 million, shooting on more than 100 locations,

Austin Butler Cast As Elvis Presley Opposite Tom Hanks In New Biopic From Director Baz Luhrmann

The long, drawn-out search for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley is over. And honestly, it wasn’t that long or drawn-out, and it ended with a choice that was predicted a short while ago. But hey, we now know exactly who is going to act opposite Tom Hanks in the upcoming biopic.

According to Deadline, actor Austin Butler has landed the coveted role as the King of Rock in a biopic that takes a look at the era of Elvis where he’s being managed by Colonel Tom Parker, played by Hanks.

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‘3 From Hell’ Trailer: Rob Zombie Brings His Favorite Killers Back From The Dead

After 16 years since his first film, “House of 1000 Corpses,” there will be a new horror film that continues the story of director Rob Zombie’s sadistic horror series. The film will be following on from Zombie’s 2005 cult hit “The Devil’s Rejects” and sees the return of characters Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding.

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It is unknown as to what the trio will be doing in the next film, where they have previously been seen torturing a group of travelers in the first film, and in the second, seen taking their killjoy ways on the road.

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‘Paradise Hills’ Trailer: Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, & Milla Jovovich Are Somewhere That’s Anything But Tropical

It’s always interesting when we get a “mystery community” thrillers. The kind of thrillers where our main character ends up in a place that isn’t as peachy as it appears. The upcoming “Paradise Hills” looks like it is that type of film and then puts a unique spin on it.

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In “Paradise Hills,” which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Emma Roberts wakes up in a strange island where an upper-class boarding school called Paradise Hills resides.

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‘For All Mankind’ Teaser: Creator Ronald D. Moore Gives A Peek At Upcoming Apple TV+ Series About An Alternate Reality ‘60s Space Race

It’s the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. And no, we’re not going to entertain the idea that this is all some sort of large conspiracy that was created by Nasa with the help of Stanley Kubrick. Even though that’s a great story, this is a time when we celebrate one of humanity’s greatest achievements. And in the new series “For All Mankind,” we take a look at the famous 1960s Space Race, but with a different outcome.

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George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Outrage Will Not Change His Book Ending
George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Outrage Will Not Change His Book Ending

George R.R. Martin isn’t letting fan outrage over the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” change his long-in-the-works plans for his literary franchise. While the HBO series ended its eight-season run in May, Martin still has two “Game of Thrones” books left to finish: “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.” Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Martin said the extreme backlash over the HBO series’ ending won’t affect his books despite some of the storyline being the same.

“The internet affects all this to a degree it was never affected before,” Martin said. “Like Jon Snow’s parentage. There were early hints about [who Snow’s parents were] in the books, but only one reader in 100 put it together. And before the internet that was fine — for 99 readers out of 100 when Jon Snow’s parentage gets revealed it would be, ‘Oh, that’s a great twist!’ But in the age of the internet,

Zachary Levi Says WB Has Wildly Ambitious Plans For 3 ‘Shazam!’ Films & At Least 1 ‘Black Adam’ Film

After the massive box office success of “Aquaman,” fans, and the folks at Warner Bros., were excited to see what the studio’s newest superhero franchise, “Shazam!” would do in theaters. While the film received pretty glowing reviews and was largely seen as another fun action-adventure film after “Aquaman,” the newest franchise in the Dceu didn’t exactly light up the box office. That being said, it appears that there aren’t just plans for one sequel, but a trilogy, as well as a huge spin-off film.

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Olivia Munn Got Frustrated With How Little Bryan Singer Knew About Her ‘X-Men’ Character
Olivia Munn Got Frustrated With How Little Bryan Singer Knew About Her ‘X-Men’ Character

Olivia Munn worked with Bryan Singer on 20th Century Fox’s 2016 superhero tentpole “X-Men: Apocalypse,” in which she starred as the villainous mutant Psylocke. The movie was a bomb with film critics and fans, and apparently making the film wasn’t exactly pleasant for Munn. During a recent video interview with GQ (via The Playlist), Munn said that it was frustrating working with Singer and “Apocalypse” screenwriter Simon Kinberg because they knew next to nothing about her mutant character.

“When I was doing ‘X-Men,’ I was actually surprised that the director and the writer didn’t even know that Psylocke had a twin brother,” Munn said. “And I had to talk to them about a lot of different things about Psylocke and some other parts of the world that they didn’t even know, and that, as a fan, was very frustrating.”

Munn isn’t the only “X-Men” cast member

Sam Raimi Can’t Shake The Idea Of His “Unborn” ‘Spider-Man 4’: “I Think About It All The Time”

With “Spider-Man: Far From Home” continuing the recent tradition of quality Spidey films, it’s hard to forget that the world’s love affair with Peter Parker on the big screen started way back in 2002 with “Evil Dead” director Sam Raimi and his ground-breaking “Spider-Man.” What followed were two sequels and Sony’s quick attempts to reboot the character shortly thereafter.

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‘Night Hunter’ Trailer: Henry Cavill, Alexandra Daddario & Ben Kingsley Do Their Best ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ In New Thriller

Thanks to classics like “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Seven,” film fans have developed a fascination with serial killer investigations in cinema. And it looks like the upcoming “Night Hunter” takes the best of both films in crafting its own crime thriller.

As seen in the trailer for “Night Hunter,” which used to be titled “Nomis,” the film follows a police officer played by Henry Cavill that is on the hunt for a man that abducts women.

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‘Super Size Me 2’ Trailer: Morgan Spurlock Aims To Create A 100% Honest Food Experience

If you think that fast food restaurants have any sort of “healthy” options, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is here to tell you the hard truth — that’s a bunch of bullshit. 13 years after making waves with his documentary “Super Size Me,” the director returns to take on the fast food corporations one more time in the upcoming sequel ‘Holy Chicken!’

As seen in the new trailer for ‘Super Size Me 2,’ Spurlock isn’t going back to his old ways and going on an all-fast food diet.

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Chris Evans Fires Back at Donald Trump for Being An Ego-Driven Racist
Chris Evans Fires Back at Donald Trump for Being An Ego-Driven Racist

Actor and filmmaker Chris Evans labeled Donald Trump a racist following a viral tweet in which the president slammed “progressive Democratic congresswomen” for coming from nations where the governments are “complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world.” Trump’s July 14 tweet earned widespread backlash over the weekend and had Evans calling him out publicly to his 12.6 million followers.

“This is racist, Biff,” Evans wrote on Twitter. “The only thing worse than actually being hateful and racist, is casually wielding hate and racism to activate your base in an unrelenting, painfully transparent, and crushingly on-brand effort to soothe your only true devotion: feeding your insatiable ego.”

Evans has long used social media to criticize Trump and speak his mind on a wide array of political issues. The actor went viral in June for bashing a homophobic organization that was planning a straight pride parade in his hometown of Boston.

“Our Work Was Bound to Cause Discomfort…”: P.A. Carter on his HBO-Premiering Doc Series, Behind Closed Doors

One of the most complicated documentaries I’ve seen in years, P.A. Carter’s Behind Closed Doors is this summer’s not-to-miss film for true crime devotees. Debuting on HBO July 16th and 17th, Carter’s meticulously-crafted picture begins with the double murder of 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her family’s servant Hemraj Banjade in the Talwars’s upper-middle-class home — a mystery that immediately unleashed a media circus in the staid Indian town of Noida. But it was the whiplash machinations surrounding the subsequent investigations and interrogations, trials and appeals, that […]

Can ‘The Farewell’ Become a Summer Box Office Breakout?
Can ‘The Farewell’ Become a Summer Box Office Breakout?

A24’s “The Farewell” lit up the specialty box office with a stellar limited debut, making its performance the one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster weekend for the movie business.

“This is the blockbuster of the indie world this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore.

The studio opted for a platform release, bringing the comedic drama directed by Lulu Wang to a handful of theaters before slowly expanding it across the country in an effort to drum up enthusiasm and let buzz build. It’s the kind of deliberately paced rollout that the company previously deployed successfully with the likes of “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.” “The Farewell” collected $351,330 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. Those ticket sales translate to a mighty $87,832 per theater — the best per-screen average of the year to date.

A24’s decision to bring “The Farewell” to a handful

‘The King’s Man’ Trailer: Matthew Vaughn’s Prequel Takes the Spy Agency Back To The Early 1900s
‘The King’s Man’ Trailer: Matthew Vaughn’s Prequel Takes the Spy Agency Back To The Early 1900s

One of the most popular spy series of recent times “Kingsman” is set to return to the big screen, however, it won’t feature fan favorite characters Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Harry Hart (Colin Firth).

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Director Matthew Vaughn has instead opted for the similarily named, “The King’s Man” and will take the series back in time to the 1900s, to the formation of the agency.

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Moviegoing Memories: Yann Gonzalez

Moviegoing Memories is a series of short interviews with filmmakers about going to the movies. Yann Gonzalez's Knife + Heart is Mubi Go's Film of the Week of July 5, 2019.Yann Gonzalez and Vanessa Paradis. Photo by Elle HermeNOTEBOOK: How would you describe your movie in the least amount of words?Yann Gonzalez: As a ghost train in a queer fun fair.Notebook: Where and what is your favorite movie theatre?Gonzalez: It would be a tie between the Castro Theatre in San Francisco and the New Beverly in Los Angeles.Notebook: Why are they your favorites?Gonzalez: I fell in love with the first one ten years ago when I saw the old organ coming down on stage with a musician playing some Nino Rota’s themes before a wonderful 35mm screening of Fellini’s Amarcord. And I cherish the second one for being so faithful to film and screening only 35mm prints.

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Ifp Announces Feature Films Selected for 2019 Narrative Lab

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), Filmmaker‘s publisher, announced today the 10 feature films selected for the Narrative Lab, part of the Ifp Filmmaker Labs, Ifp’s year-long fellowship for first-time filmmakers currently in post-production on their debut feature. The Lab will support the creative teams as they prepare to finish and release their films into the world. Recent films that have participated in the Narrative Lab have included Clementine; Dead Pigs; House of Hummingbird; Jinn; Lost Bayou; Menashe; Noah Land; Nancy; and The Third Wife. The program runs July 15-19 at the Made in NY Media Center by Ifp located in Dumbo, […]

‘Vita & Virginia’ Trailer: Gemma Arterton & Elizabeth Debicki Star As Literary Icons & Lovers

The lives of writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West are made for the screen. Sackville-West was known as an aristocratic poet and author whose work focused primarily on the countryside of Kent, while her personal life included affairs and dalliances free of gendered norms. Virginia Woolf was, and still is, considered one of the foremost voices of the modernist movement whose brilliance too often lives in the shadow of her mental health struggles.

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‘Angel Of Mine’ Trailer: Noomi Rapace Is A Woman On The Edge Of Sanity In This Intense New Thriller

A parent’s biggest nightmare has to be the idea that a stranger could kidnap their child. Most of the time, when you imagine such a scenario, it’s some weirdo in an unmarked van that preys on children, offering candy and whatnot. But in the case of the film “Angel of Mine,” the predator in question is a mentally ill woman going through an extreme case of Ptsd.

Read More: Noomi Rapace’s ‘Close’ Is A Largely Forgettable Action Film Destined To Get Lost In The Netflix Abyss [Review]

As seen in the trailer, the person that is threatening to kidnap a little girl isn’t some creepy guy in a van, but instead, a grieving mother that is utterly convinced that her neighbor’s daughter is, in fact, her own.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Speaks Out Against ‘Thrones’ Backlash: ‘We Worked Our Asses Off’
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Speaks Out Against ‘Thrones’ Backlash: ‘We Worked Our Asses Off’

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau appeared at a “Game of Thrones” fan event this weekend (via Huffington Post) and stood up for his blockbuster HBO series in the face of persistent backlash over the final season. Despite earning record ratings for the network (the “Thrones” series finale is the most-watched HBO broadcast in history), the six-episode Season 8 drew widespread criticism for its storytelling decisions. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were routinely slammed on social media, with one petition urging HBO to remake the final season going viral with over 1.5 million signatures.

“For anyone to imagine or to think that the two creators of the show are not the most passionate, the greatest, the most invested of all, and to for a second think that they didn’t spend the last 10 years thinking about how they were going to end it is kind of silly,” Coster-Waldau said. “And also know that they too read the comments.

The Ecstasy of Touch: Close-Up on Ali Abbasi's "Border"

Ali Abbasi's Border (2018) is having its exclusive online premiere on Mubi in the United Kingdom. It is showing from July 12 – August 10, 2019.Transcendence is a corporeal mechanism, as it dwells on the slim border dividing human from inhuman. Precisely this convergence of carnality and affect is what Ali Abbasi’s second feature film, Border (2018), touches upon. Tina (Eva Melander) is apathetic to the pleasures of society and relationships, yet she possesses an uncanny gift: to smell what people are feeling. Her compartmentalized being is stirred when she meets Vore (Eero Milonoff), their vertiginous infatuation reminiscing the Platonic myth of the androgyne: two souls in a single body. The truth, however, is far more unchaste. In Tina’s world, emotions acquire smell, aggression and passion become equally associated with sex, exacerbated by Nature’s sheltering landscapes. Her character is more intimate with the forest, than with people, and, for once, animalistic behavior is not condemned.

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Juliette Binoche: The Woman with a Thousand Faces

Mubi's retrospective, Juliette Binoche: The Woman with a Thousand Faces, is showing July 14 – September 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom.Les amants du Pont NeufA newly reformed Michèle, played by Juliette Binoche, meets her estranged lover (Denis Lavant) on the Pont Neuf, where years ago the two lived as vagabonds, drinking bum wine into the night, falling asleep nestled into the curves of the bridge’s arced barriers. Once a raggedy drifter, with mangy hair and gooey, dull eyes falling gradually into disrepair, her vision is restored in their conclusive reunion, and we observe a more familiar Binoche donning a clean, boyish bob. Once again, she is the woman of our dreams, a mercurial presence whose eyes—wide-set and a conjuring warm brown—give her tender alabaster beauty a poignant intelligence. She launches into a dirty joke about a group of men discussing how often they have sex. The happiest

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Video Sundays: Gems of the Public Domain—William Dickson's "Dickson Experimental Sound Film"

Simply put, American copyright law states that once the copyright of a film expires, it then enters what is known as the public domain, meaning that it is common property. Unbeknownst to many, these films are incredibly easy to find on video streaming platforms like YouTube, or even as MP4 files across the web. That is, so long as you know which films to find (and it is worth noting that these are predominantly classic and silent films). There are lists of accessible titles by using information from copyright catalogs, like this list from Mubi and the website Public Domain Movies. However, as the Pratt Library very straightforwardly puts it, "there is no definitive 'slam dunk' certainty or official list when it comes to the question of whether a film is in the public domain," and therefore these lists may only serve as a general nod in the right direction.

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