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Strange Victory (1948) Directed by Leo Hurwitz BAM kicks off its admirable tribute to leftist intellectual periodical Evergreen Review with this film that actually predates the Review (founded 1957), though it was produced by founder Barney Rosset of Grove Press. The film and Evergreen also share the same basic populist, anti-racist spirit. Strange Victory is a heady and passionate hybrid that is equal parts essay, narrative, documentary and propaganda. The Williamsburg-born Hurwitz, a blacklistee whose...
Beauty and the Beast (1946) Directed by Jean Cocteau The enjoyable paradox at the center of Cocteau’s cinema is the sense that his films are both defiantly otherworldly yet utterly handmade, most evident in his most famous work. The opening confirms Cocteau’s awareness of the dichotomy, as he begs the audience to conjure the lost childhood innocence with which they can properly be induced into the fairy tale, all while the credits are written out in...

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