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  • Oscar Shorts 2004

    Seven 2004 shorts nominated for Oscars—plus a Student Academy Award winner—beguile with their imaginative sweep. more...
  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

    This French comedy (2006) fondly lampoons both the popular French spy movies adapted from Jean Bruce's novels in the 1950s and '60s and the colonialist era they were set in. more...
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  • Othello (NR)

    For all the liberties taken with the play, Orson Welles's 1952 independent feature may well be the greatest Shakespeare film (Welles's later Chimes at Midnight is the only other contender)—a brooding expressionist dream made in eerie Moorish locations over nearly three years, yet held together by a remarkably cohesive style and atmosphere. more...
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  • Other People
  • Other People (NR)

    I hate the term dramedy—it discounts the potential for humor in any drama, and movies designated as dramedies typically follow the rigid Terms of Endearment template of laughs in the first half, tears in the second. more...
  • The Other Side of Hope
  • The Other Side of Hope

    Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki delivers his timeliest and most heartfelt film, mixing humor, pathos, and anger in a manner reminiscent of Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940). more...
  • The Other World

    Algerian filmmaker Merzak Allouache, whose 1993 feature Bab El-Oued City forced him into exile in France, returned to his native land for this superior 2001 thriller about a freethinking Algerian woman in Paris (Marie Brahimi) who journeys to war-torn Algiers in search of her missing lover. more...
  • Oui non

    The most independent and resourcefully frugal of American underground filmmakers, Jon Jost thrives in isolation, but his work often suffers from his lack of connection, particularly his disinclination to remain in any one place for long. more...
  • Our Brand Is Crisis

    An evil twin to The War Room (1993), which documented Bill Clinton's first White House run, this trenchant video by Rachel Boynton eavesdrops on political strategists from the Democratic consulting firm Greenberg Carville Shrum as they devise a winning presidential campaign for Bolivian free trader Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in 2002, only to see him driven from office a year later by antiglobalization riots that left more than 100 people dead. more...
  • Our Daily Bread (NR)

    Even a romantic individualist like King Vidor, who would later film Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, was sufficiently stirred by socialist ideals during the Depression to make this exciting independent effort (1934) about an all-American couple who decide to pool their resources with others and build a collective farm. more...
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  • Our Daily Bread

    A marvelously clearheaded bit of Depression-era agitprop, King Vidor's independently financed and produced 1934 fable, about an ordinary young couple who establish a communal society and lick the problems of social strife, hunger, and unemployment, is saved from excessive sentimentality by the straightforward presentation of Vidor's utopian notions and by the stylishness of his mise-en-scene. more...