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Dogs in Space (1986) Directed by Richard Lowenstein Set in 1978, Dogs in Space evokes a time when bands formed overnight in Melbourne. The film, which stars INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, focuses on one such band, the name of which is the name of film. Along with friends and friends of friends, they live in a shared house. It’s communal living, and Lowenstein conveys this with a flowing, mobile camera, maintaining spatial relations, and picking...
The Deer Hunter (1978) Directed by Michael Cimino Like Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Cimino composed his masterpiece in parts––allegro, andante, and con moto––though in Cimino’s case the execution is not necessarily in that order. Both works use notes unfamiliar to the art form, yet The Deer Hunter’s visceral, bloody take on the Vietnam War, which begins with a wedding and ends with a funeral, is seamless. Cimino’s film is not anti- or pro-war; it’s...
Band of Outsiders (1964) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Remember when Jules and Jim and Catherine raced together through the Louvre? Or was that Pitt and Garrel and Green? The scene was in The Dreamers, actually, but originally it was the titular trio of this early Godard who charged down the hallways of the palace-turned-museum. The love triangle is a favorite motif of the French, but it was never done better—more goofily or melancholically—than here. Band...
Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965) Directed by Joseph Cates A scuzzy, lurid low-budget independent film partially shot in Manhattan, particularly the peep shows in Time Square, Who Killed Teddy Bear? is steeped in perversions of the past and present. Norah (Juliet Prowse), a young woman working at a discotheque, starts getting harassed by a garbled voice over the phone. She enlists the protection of a police lieutenant (Jan Murray) who turns out to be a...

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