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Martin Scorsese Plays Vincent Van Gogh in a Short, Surreal Film by Akira Kurosawa

The idea of the <i>auteur</i> director has been a controversial one at times given the sheer number of people required at every stage to produce a film. But …

Akira Kurosawa

What Are the Most Beautifully & Creatively Shot Films of All Time? Cinematographers Pick Their Favorites

To determine the all-around greatest films of all time, the well-known <i>Sight and Sound</i> Directors Poll surveys filmmakers themselves. By that same …

Cool Stuff

Watch the Pioneering Films of Oscar Micheaux, America’s First Great African-American Filmmaker

You may never have heard of Oscar Micheaux, but out of his “impoverished consciousness-raising exploitation potboilers,” writes critic Dave Kehr, …

Culture

Pictar Camera Case

Pictar is a new camera case that greatly enhances your iPhones´ camera, turning it into a point and shoot! Simply slip it on your iPhone, and you get …

Kickstarter

Boston Home

Developed by Alan Christ Architects, this stunning 4,200 SF house in located in Boston´s South End. It is an unique restoration of an existing …

Architecture

McKean Studio Mini Cities

Joshua and Megan McKean of the eponymous McKean Studio are serious road warriors with a knack for finding hidden gems in every city they visit. With a blog full of impressive photos and stories documenting their travels, it's undeniable that the creative couple has quite a bit of wanderlust. Lest …

Design

"Old Kyoto"'s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood: Live like a local in renovated traditional accommodations in the old geisha district

Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty to offer locals and tourists alike, and is …

Kyoto

Jillian Mayer's "Day Off" at David Castillo Gallery, Miami: A video exhibition questioning our virtual place in the real world

Virtual reality might be the next greatest step in storytelling but artist and filmmaker Jillian Mayer already observes something askew—a separation of person and environment that has very comical implications. In her latest gallery exhibition, "One Off" at Miami's David Castillo Gallery, Mayer (a …

The Arts

300+ Etchings by Rembrandt Now Free Online, Thanks to the Morgan Library & Museum

Seventeenth-century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn may have more name recognition than nearly any other European artist, his popularity due in …

Rembrandt

Deep Focus: Tale of Tales

Matteo Garrone’s erotic, gory, and imaginative <i>Tale of Tales</i> freely adapts three stories from Giambattista Basile’s 50-fairy-tale collection <i>Lo cunto</i> …

Movies

Making It

<i>Purple Rain</i><p>It’s been a bad year for people who’ve shaped the past 40-or-so years of pop culture. And while news of Prince’s premature death has only …

Entertainment

Film of the Week: Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands

Towards the end of Christian Braad Thomsen’s documentary <i>Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands</i>, Rainer Werner Fassbinder quotes Jean Genet: “To be …

Entertainment

Review: Là-bas - Film Comment

By Amy Taubin in the May/June 2007 Issue<p>Before, after, and between the narrative feature films—from <i>Jeanne Dielman</i> (75) to <i>La Captive</i> (00)—that anchor …

Entertainment

You'll actually want to get sucked into this Boeing 737 engine... chair

Meet the aptly named 737 Cowling Chair from British workshop Fallen Funiture. It is <i>precisely</i> what it sounds like: a chair made out of the cowling of an actual 737 engine, best known for its trademark squat appearance — most airliner engines are round, but the 737's have a little bit of flatness …

Furniture

Vagabund Honda CB450

One of our favorite custom motorbikes ever is the spectacular BMW R100R by Vagabond Moto. Today we showcase another work of art by the Austrian duo, …

Honda

Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self (UC Berkeley, 1980-1983)

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, …

Michel Foucault

Frida Kahlo Writes a Personal Letter to Georgia O'Keeffe After O'Keeffe's Nervous Breakdown (1933) Open Culture

<i>Click for larger image</i><p>Important twentieth-century painters, as every student of art history learns, didn’t tend to sail smoothly through existence. …

Jean-Luc Godard Shoots Marianne Faithfull Singing “As Tears Go By” (1966)

When you want to learn a thing or two about Jean-Luc Godard, you turn to <i>New Yorker</i> film critic Richard Brody. I do, anyway, since the man wrote the …

Jean-Luc Godard

Jim Jarmusch: The Art of the Music in His Films

In the early 1980s, aspiring filmmaker Jim Jarmusch immersed himself in New York’s underground music scene. He played keyboards–a “fairly primitive …

Werner Herzog Offers 24 Pieces of Filmmaking & Life Advice

<i>Image by Erinc Salor</i><p>There are few filmmakers alive today who have the mystique of Werner Herzog. His feature films and his documentaries are …

1966 Film Explores the Making of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (and Our High-Tech Future)

“The following film describes an unusual motion picture now being produced in London for release all over the world starting in 1967.” We hear and …

How French Artists in 1899 Envisioned Life in the Year 2000: Drawing the Future

Atomic physicist Niels Bohr is famously quoted as saying, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” Yet despite years of …

Predictions

Review: Office

“Are you fine being a corporate slave? Are you fine working until you drop?” Though the lines sound like a quote from the recent <i>New York Times</i> expos<i>é</i> …

Film of the Week: Afternoon

Tsai Ming-liang’s recent work has taken him ever further in a minimalist direction. His last feature, <i>Stray Dogs</i> (13), was still visibly anchored to …

Watch 30 Films from the 1970s by Computer Animation Pioneer Lillian F. Schwartz

In the 1970s and 80s, a certain vivid, complex, and slightly frightening computer-graphics aesthetic rose in the zeitgeist. Though it has long passed …

Animation

Discovering Electronic Music: 1983 Documentary Offers a Fun & Educational Introduction to Electronic Music

The late sixties and seventies produced an explosion of electronic music that arrived on the scene as an almost entirely new art form. So much so …

The Paintings of Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa, “the Emperor” of Japanese film, made movies — and in some sense, he never <i>wasn’t</i> making movies. Even when he lacked the resources to …

Akira Kurosawa

Interview: Thomas Vinterberg

There’s a painful scene in <i>The Commune</i>, the latest feature from Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, in which Anna suggests that her husband’s new (and …