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  • All the Memory in the World

    Composed entirely of clips from other movies, this essayistic video collage by Mike Olenick looks at photography and portraiture in cinema, presenting scenes from the likes of Vertigo, Fight Club, and Blow Out. more...
  • The Beaches of Agnes

    French filmmaker Agnes Varda returns to the guiding metaphor of The Gleaners and I (2000), her documentary about scavengers, though in this visually witty 2009 memoir she's poring over her own past and its artifacts—some of them people. more...
  • Dreams Rewired

    Narrated by Tilda Swinton, this poetic essay film uses animation and clips from silent movies and early talkies to ponder the cultural effects of electronic communications. more...
  • Heart of a Dog

    Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog is not just a movie but a guided meditation, drawing viewers into a state of peaceful contemplation from which they can consider such subjects as death, loss, and unconditional love. more...
  • Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
  • Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

    Michel Gondry—known for such whimsical fantasies as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Science of Sleep (2006), and Be Kind Rewind (2008)—shot two searching interviews with linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky in 2010, and though the filmmaker is no match for him intellectually, Gondry contributes a powerful visual response by pairing their audio track with wildly imaginative animation sequences that illustrate and sometimes reflect on Chomsky's ideas. more...
  • The Last Bolshevik

    One of the major essays of Chris Marker—which automatically makes this one of the key works of our time—this remarkable 1993 video is provisionally about his friend and mentor, the late Soviet filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin (1900-'89), in the form of six video "letters" sent to him posthumously. more...
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  • The Last Time I Saw Macao

    A nameless voice-over narrator (codirector João Rui Guerra da Mata) recounts his efforts to save an old friend from mysterious danger in Macao and, in the process, muses on how the island has changed since it returned from Portuguese to Chinese rule. more...
  • Made in U.S.A. (NR)

    Shot concurrently with 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1966), this fractured film essay by Jean-Luc Godard bursts with bright colors, comic-book characters, and seemingly random violence. more...