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Jacob Mikanowski on three 1990s TV shows.

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Jacob Mikanowski on Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF.

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Jacob Mikanowski on P.T. Anderson’s THE MASTER

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Jacob Mikanowski on Errol Morris’s TABLOID

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Jacob Mikanowski on Apichat­pong Weerase­thakul’s UNCLE BOONMEE.

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Jacob Mikanowski on Terrence Malick’s TREE OF LIFE

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Jacob Mikanowski on Pedro Almo­dóvar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN

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Jacob Mikanowski on Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA

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Jacob Mikanowski on King Vidor’s BEYOND THE FOREST

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Jacob Mikanowski on Josef von Sternberg’s DISHONORED

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A most enigmatic photographer.

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An exile, and a prophet of immaturity.


His informed predictions were mixed with wild speculation.


Breaking through received perception and making the world new.


“We are condemned to civilization.”

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Abstract shapes in black and red collide in empty space.

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He transformed physical dissonance into spiritual beauty.

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He created beautiful, humane “ethnofictions.”

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Dedicated to pursuing the truth about sex and desire.

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His career recapitulated the mystery of the blues in miniature.


New York, Belgium, the Symbolists, Dylan, Tintin, vice, punk.


Seventies soul, eloquent monsters, Talmudic etiquette-parsing, Samuel L. Jackson.

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A rebel who fought injustice with the promise of utopia.

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His films are pentagrams for the conjuration of narrative.