Ingmar Bergman

Decoding Lady Gaga’s ‘G.U.Y.’ Video: Rebirth With a Side of Michael Jackson Clones

As Lady Gaga promised during her SXSW keynote, she released a new, batshit crazy video this weekend. It’s billed as a video for ARTPOP track “G.U.Y.” but it’s actually a 12-minute film that includes “ARTPOP,” “Venus,” “G.U.Y.”, “MANiCURE” and four minutes of credits in which Gaga thanks every PA, lifeguard, and security dude who worked on the thing. As we’ve done in the past, Flavorwire picked apart Gaga’s mixed messages and seemingly endless sources of inspiration. … Read More

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A Brief Guide to Woody Allen’s Favorite Things

Like every good neurotic, obsessive, or perfectionist (and sometimes all of the above), director Woody Allen is a lover of lists. Over the span of his career, the iconic filmmaker has shared his likes, dislikes, and absolute favorites of just about everything that highlights his eclectic tastes. In honor of his birthday, we’ve collected some of those lists — and they deserve a bookmark in your browser for eternal… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Who’s Lady Gaga Ripping Off This Time? A Catalog of “Applause” Video Influences

This morning saw the premiere of the official video for “Applause,” the first single off Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP. The video follows the art/pop theme, alluding to high art and pop culture alike. Gaga’s never been shy about, ahem, borrowing from other artists, of course, and this video is packed with pieces of imagery that are either clever references or blatant rip-offs, depending on your point of view. Click through to check out whose work Gaga’s been “inspired” by this time around, and let us know if you can spot any more. … Read More

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10 Great Movies With Minimal Dialogue

When Ryan Gosling appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive as the brooding, laconic getaway driver and cold-blooded killer in a satin scorpion jacket, cineastes got the Danish director’s reference immediately: Walter Hill’s 1978 film, The Driver. Both movies share multiple narrative similarities and morally ambiguous protagonists known simply as “the driver.” The films also feature minimal dialogue and rely on style, thrills, and the uniqueness of their characters instead of a dense script. The Driver is expected to arrive on Blu-ray July 23. In anticipation of sulking, silent antiheroes, here are ten other movies that ditch their dialogue with impressive results. … Read More

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Mikko Kuorinki Elevates the “Quote of the Day” to High Art

Did you ever think you’d see the Mitch Hedberg quote “My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them” displayed in a museum? The late comedian’s joke made its fine-art debut in Wall Piece with 200 Letters, a project that found artist Mikko Kuorinki posting short phrases by a variety of writers on the wall of Finland’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, switching out her quotes every week for ten months. Click through to see which pieces you recognize, and visit Kuorinki’s website for more of her work. … Read More

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Beautiful Behind-the-Scenes Photos from 20 Art House Films

We make no secret about our fascination with behind-the-scenes photos and footage from our favorite films. So, after spotting a collection of photos from Robert Altman’s surreal dream study 3 Women on Kino Images, we went searching for more beautiful shots from art house films. Most of these stills could be artworks themselves, and several provide a humorous respite from an otherwise serious subject. Click through for more beautiful, fascinating… Read More

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10 Great Movies Inspired by Operas

There’s plenty of drama to spare when it comes to the world of opera. Occasionally, filmmakers have been directly inspired by the songbooks of classical composers, while others have looked to the performances and thundering music to create symbolic, contemporary interpretations. Opera is rich, profound source material. The opulent costumes and staging, the history, and the emotional stories are ripe for cinematic adaptations. We’ve collected a few of our favorites for your perusal in celebration of the 109th anniversary of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and the Blu-ray release of Don Giovanni. See what a behind-the-scenes documentary, a Werner Herzog epic, and other retellings of opera’s theatrical tales have to offer after the jump. … Read More

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10 Highbrow Horror Films You Should See Instead of ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’

This Friday, Texas Chainsaw 3D opened at theaters everywhere (and is murdering the box office). This film, mind you, is the sixth re-iteration of the original 1974 classic, and it’s pretty squarely in the trite, generic slasher film category, without many redeeming features. Plus — and we realize that this is an oft-sung refrain, but — can Hollywood really not come up with any other ideas? So, if you’re thinking about getting your horror fix at the theater this week, allow us to offer you some alternatives — highbrow horror films guaranteed to scare you way more than the shiny pop-up gore of Texas Chainsaw 3D ever could. Plus, you can watch them at home, where no one judges you for yelping. Our picks after the jump — and as ever, feel free to add to our list in the comments. … Read More

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The Cinematography of 10 Great Filmmakers Captured in Cinemagraphs

In recent years, graphic interchange format, once a throwback to the awkward early years of web design, has come into its own as an art form. Leading the way is the ever-popular cinemagraph, an enhancement on photography that typically adds subtle moving elements to the scene — wisps of blowing hair, blinking eyes, rising smoke, etc. Although cinemagraphs first gained popularity for their use in advertising, it seems only natural that the meme has taken hold of cinema as well, capturing memorable movie stills in infinite loops of movement. If We Don’t, Remember Me has been busy amassing quite the collection of these cinematic cinemagraphs, adding a new dimension to the way in which images can convey the aesthetic of a certain directorial style. From the creepy to the minimalistic, we’ve gathered a list of cinemagraphs that capture the distinctive mise-en-scène of 10 of our favorite filmmakers. … Read More

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