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Fashion & Film Feature

Very, Very Natural and Herself: Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby

Is Katharine Hepburn playing herself in Bringing Up Baby (1938)? And if so, why not? Katharine Hepburn turned Hollywood on its head. She fearlessly and uncompromisingly set out to become a star in an industry that wanted greatness on its own terms, an industry that often tried to destroy the original few. She wanted greatness […]

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Feature Four Frames

Relationships Between Humans and Nature in The Land of Hope

Shot a few months after the triple disaster that hit Japan’s Eastern Pacific Coast in March 2011 – an earthquake followed by a tsunami and core meltdowns in three reactors at the nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture – Sion Sono’s The Land of Hope (Kibo no kuni, Japan, 2012) addresses a great variety […]

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Spaceship Earth: An Interview with Director Matt Wolf

On September 26, 1993, a crew of eight people emerged from a huge ecological desert facility after two years of isolation. The facility, named Biosphere 2 and located in Oracle, Arizona, was constructed to replicate the earth’s various habitats in a closed environment as a forerunner for speculative ‘off world’ colonization. While the whole thing […]

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Architecture & Film Feature

Houses in Film: The Bewitchingly Timeless House of The Love Witch

Aliza Richardson fixes her gaze on memorable houses in film, exploring their uniqueness as architectural marvels and evocative cinematic locations.

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Fashion & Film Feature

The Lost Daughter: An Interview with Costume Designer Edward K. Gibbon

In one of the best films of last year, The Lost Daughter (2021), Maggie Gyllenhaal, in her directorial debut, explores the complexities of motherhood. The film is an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel by the same name and has as center character a terrific Olivia Colman as Leda, a middle-aged university professor in Cambridge, Boston, […]

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On Seeing and Being Overlooked: Clint Eastwood and the Academy Awards

Twenty-two years after his directorial debut Play Misty for Me (1971), Clint Eastwood was for the first time nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the category Best Director, and for the first time one of his films was nominated for Best Picture. His Western Unforgiven (1992) won both awards, and […]

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Director Debut Emerging Writers Feature

Emerging Writers – Revisiting Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds

The Big Picture is committed to giving young, emerging writers a voice in the world of film criticism. In our new feature, student writers from around the world share their insights on contemporary film and new releases.

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Emerging Writers Reviews

Emerging Writers – A Review of Chloe Zhao’s Eternals

The Big Picture is committed to giving young, emerging writers a voice in the world of film criticism. In our new feature, student writers from around the world share their insights on contemporary film and new releases.

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Playing with Genre Devices: Hideo Gosha’s Three Outlaw Samurai

Continuing In our new article series, in which writers select and discuss great director debuts to explore the possible origins of recurring themes or stylistic approaches, that often help to define the uniqueness of these one-of-a-kind filmmakers.