For my final podcast, I look at how Steven Spielberg effectively remade his first feature, Firelight to deliver a message of hope.
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In January 1954, Francois Truffaut wrote a landmark essay on film criticism. Five years later, he put his theory into practice and cinema never been the same since.
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The gangster genre is dominated by men, but in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman the most important position is held by a woman who utters barely a dozen words.
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Rome Open City began filming as Auschwitz was liberated and Roberto Rossellini's film marks a crucial step in the creation of art in the wake of the Holocaust.
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Puzzling audiences ever since it premiered at Cannes in 2001, David Lynch's dark masterpiece seems to address the abuse of women in the film industry.
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With this modernist masterpiece, Michelangelo Antonioni told a story that abandoned its initial plot. Booed at Cannes, it paved the way for a new cinematic form.
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It is said a film is made three times; writing, filming and editing. In which case, editor Walter Murch deserves enormous credit for this masterpiece.
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Like many Fellini films, Amarcord is a contradiction; an account of his youth yet a complete fabrication, a vivid realisation of the past, but also a dream.
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Four years after the advent of sound in cinema, Charlie Chaplin insisted on making a silent movie the entire plot for which hinged on not being able to see.
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This French masterpiece avoids all the clichés of American prison films while at the same time bearing an uncanny similarity to a 1960s' Japanese action picture.
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Twenty-one feature films, $14b at the worldwide box-office and 15 Oscars. If you ever wondered about the secret of Pixar's success, read their mission statement.
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In Agnes Varda's classic, Corrine Marchand plays one woman; happy Cléo and anxious Florence, walking about Paris in real time awaiting her medical results.
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Whether it be ethically, legally, politically, geographically or even chemically, Michael Mann's multi-Oscar nominated picture is about crossing the line.
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In adapting Wajdi Mouawad’s play, Denis Villeneuve used two time lines to push the past against the present and ask if suffering is the only outcome of war.
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The Palme d'Or winner in 1949, Carol Reed's masterpiece drew on covert sources and unexpected styles and techniques to deliver a melancholic mystery.
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Master auteur, Abbas Kiarostami forged his career by defying conventional film grammar to successfully find new ways of presenting the human condition.
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Originally titled Whore's Gold, Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning western exposes the psychosis, bigotry and misogyny at the heart of the genre's mythology.
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Matteo Garrone's adaptation of Roberto Saviano's book on the Neapolitan camorra smacks down the innumerable movies that have marketed the Mafia mythology.
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Forget Vertigo. Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film is Notorious. With his usual McGuffin, he wrapped a paranoid love story inside an espionage thriller about genocide.
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Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning divorce drama delivers a story that is specific to a particular time and place yet also manages to resonate on a universal level.
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Mindhunter marks the fourth time David Fincher has depicted serial-killers. Far from resorting to tired clichés, with the second season he has again broken new ground.
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