Film

The Fashions of Cleopatra in Cinema

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It was this month that Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt whose story has captivated scholars and history geeks for centuries, ended her life in 30 BCE. Her legacy has played out on the big screen by countless stars. Cinema’s version of the queen often emphasizes her exotic and lavish costumes, as any proper Hollywood spectacle would. We took a look back at the fashion-savvy depiction of Cleopatra in cinema to see how filmmakers have portrayed one of the most powerful women in the world throughout the years.
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10 Songs About Classic Hollywood Icons

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An international star who excelled in Hollywood roles as well as those in her native Sweden, actress Ingrid Bergman would have turned 100 years old today. Bergman was recently honored during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, an image of the Notorious star (photographed by David Seymour) used for the poster.
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Black-and-White Photos of Vintage Movie Theater Box Offices from the 1970s

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Most movie theaters lack the character of those from earlier times. Boxy mall movie houses, chain cinemaplexes, and other monstrosities dominate our current filmic climate. But photographer Ave Pildas won’t let us forget the unique movie theaters of yesteryear thanks to a photo series featuring theater boxes offices captured during the 1970s. Most of the theaters were photographed in Los Angeles — and many of them no longer stand.
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The Most Mind-Bending, Pop Culture-Inspired Deep Dream Art

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Google’s Deep Dream source code has officially been made public. “Two weeks ago we blogged about a visualization tool designed to help us understand how neural networks work and what each layer has learned,” Google writes. “In addition to gaining some insight on how these networks carry out classification tasks, we found that this process also generated some beautiful art.”
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A Tom Hanks Tribute Show Highlighting the Actor’s ’80s and ’90s Best

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An everyman who made it to the A-list, star Tom Hanks captures a nerdy charm, earnest heart, and an occasional quiet sexiness in his characters. Los Angeles pop culture purveyors Gallery 1988 have dedicated an entire exhibition to the actor, No Sad Stuff — inspired by his films between 1984 and 1994, Hanks’ golden years. Big, Splash, Turner and Hooch, The Burbs, A League of Their Own, and Forrest Gump make the cut. The group show is on view through June 20, but you can see a preview of the Hanks homage in our gallery.
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“It’s All About Shocking People”: Penelope Spheeris on Her Iconic Film ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’ and Punk in 2015

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“It’s my life’s work, here. I don’t want to fuck it up,” director Penelope Spheeris tells me by phone about Shout Factory’s Decline of Western Civilization Collection, released on June 30. We’re joined by her daughter Anna Fox, who helped produce the deluxe box set, which includes all three Decline documentaries restored in high-definition. But the retouched celluloid can’t destroy the grit and grime that clings to Spheeris’ curious lens as it chronicles some of punk’s most legendary bands in the first film (which screens in New York City on June 19 at BAMcinemaFest with the director in attendance): Black Flag, Fear, X, the Germs, and the Circle Jerks, to name a few. Throughout the trilogy, Spheeris is granted access to ratty clubs and gutter haunts, an outsider looking in. But the filmmaker knows what it’s like on the other side, having spent her formative years in a traveling carnival where her parents worked — strangers in strange lands. We discussed living on the fringe; the filmmaker’s 1983 film about teenage runaways, Suburbia; and the meaning of family.
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Movie Theater-Inspired Art Installations

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Anish Kapoor’s Descension, an ominous vortex built into the floor of an Italian movie theater (previously featured at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale) continues to mesmerize. “Descension destabilizes, undermines our perception of the earth as a solid element, and confirms Kapoor’s interest in non-objects and self-generated forms. In its state of flux and movement, Descension presents us with a perpetual force, a thrust downwards and towards a totally unknowable interior,” explains a press release. Paired with the site of the theater, Kapoor’s installation takes on a whole new dialogue about space and perception. We explore several other artworks that use the cinema as a point of entry.
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