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The Academy of Muses Directed by José Luis Guerín September 2-13 at Anthology Film Archives A film about the head-spinning process of applied learning in the humanities, The Academy of Muses, the latest doc-inflected fiction by acclaimed 46-year-old Catalan auteur José Luis Guerín, embarks on an off-the-cuff study of pedagogy at the postgraduate level—highlighting in particular the sexual politics of the student-teacher relationship. In a prefatory title card, Muses declares itself to be an “educational experience” featuring...
In a Lonely Place (1950) Directed by Nicholas Ray The Big Heat (1953) Directed by Fritz Lang Though he came from the upper crust himself, for the first decade of his career Humphrey Bogart most often played brutish thugs; it took The Maltese Falcon and especially Casablanca to cement his new image as a poised sophisticate and romantic lead. Like no other film, In a Lonely Place reveals those two personae to be coterminous, peeling back...
Art of the Real April 8-21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center José Luis Guerín’s The Academy of the Muses, the highlight of the third annual edition of Art of the Real, casually yet thrillingly embodies much of what drives the nonfiction showcase’s unique curatorial initiative. Indicative of co-programmers Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes’s liberal programming ideology and predilection for works of shapeshifting provenance, Guerín’s film is likewise exemplary of a primary theme coursing through...

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