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They Live is about ideology... we think.
Rowdy Roddy Piper's death last Friday leaves a very unusual hole in the film world. Though he made occasional guest appearances in TV shows and movies – usually either playing himself or a similarly hard-knuckled character – ...
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A whole bunch of odd new titles this month. Want to watch an R-rated animated luchador comedy from Mexico?
Last month we promised more regular updates about our new acquisitions, and... well, we didn't have a whole lot coming in for a few weeks. But we do now! We got a motley assortment of new titles in July, and to avoid going fo...
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Terrific, timely programming choice from the AFI.
The normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba this week opens some obvious doors – some are surely counting down the days until legal cigar imports – but it also offers an appropriate moment to revisit cul...
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An unfortunate story about a groundbreaking movie.
The 2004 retro sci-fi caper Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was the first major film to shoot entirely on greenscreen. In an era when blockbuster movies eschew physical sets and use CGI wizardry as a crutch rather than ...
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At last, the setup to one of film's oldest, biggest punchlines.
Dr. Strangelove nearly ended with an extended war room pie fight, but Kubrick eventually deemed the idea as too ridiculous for his otherwise subtler satire. The footage was never released, but it might have been one of the gr...
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Neat, but claustrophobic?
You may be familiar with the National Film Registry, the Library of Congress group that annually selects significant American films to maintain in perpetuity. That's only a fraction of the over one million video recordings he...
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Amazing work being done here, and increasingly more of it.
For all the brouhaha about greenscreen effects changing filmmaking, props, costumes, and sets still matter. Production design continues to be vital to even the most effects-heavy movies: just ask the craftspeople who hand-mad...
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Bugs Bunny has lived longer than his creator, and he carries the baggage of that long history.
Today marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros.'s de facto cartoon mascot and a symbol of the golden age of animation (and maybe LeBron James's future co-star?). Though Bugs is an immediately recognizabl...
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Green is icky. Green at night is ickier.
We've talked about the color correction process in the past and how a once-cosmetic technique has become a fundamental part of the film production process. Total control of a film's color range and palette allows filmmakers t...
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It's all in good fun, but this could be brutal.
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Amazing that we're getting another Morricone score!
San Diego Comic-Con wraps up today, and amid all the Batman and Star Wars news, you might have missed a little announcement that has classic film fans in a tizzy. During a panel on Quentin Tarantino's upcoming The Hateful Eig...
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Times Square is, unsurprisingly, over-represented.
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Media Services is home to American University Library's audio-video collections for students, staff, and faculty. 11,000 DVDs, 10,000 streaming videos, and counting.