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SPOTLIGHT's Film Curation Archives

Spotlight: The Czech New Wave

On the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, we've curated a list from the Czech Republic's most politically subversive film movement. Reckoning with everything from bourgeois decadence to totalitarianism, these transgressive flicks have been both politically censored and critically praised.

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Spotlight: And Then We Danced

We’ve all been spending a lot of time on the couch lately. Mix it up with characters who tap, twirl, and shimmy their way through life in films that range from musicals to cult classics, from those all about dance to those where life itself is the stage.

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Spotlight: Reading List Revisited

Some stories are just more cinematic than others, including many written long before cinema even existed. This week, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite literary adaptations — several of which have been brought to the big screen more than twice.

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Spotlight: Foreign Horror Originals

In preparation for Halloween, we present foreign films that inspired some of the most famous American horror movies ever made. If the American remakes scared you, the originals will chill you to the bone.

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Spotlight: Friends and Friendship

Our friends play an essential part in our lives. They keep us company, know our secrets, and shape our lives as we shape theirs. These films showcase the best of friendship, and remind us all why we choose to spend our lives in the company of others.

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Spotlight: Fairy Tales

Some fairy tale adaptations are meant for children, some are not. Some are faithful to the original, others more loosely inspired. This is a collection of all the above and the many nuanced ways old stories get reinterpreted over and over again.

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Spotlight: The 30th Anniversary of German Unity Day

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of German Unity Day, we offer these films about life in Germany before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some are about national identity, others are about political division, and all are about Vergangenheitbewältigung -- or the process of reckoning with the past.

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Spotlight: Adventure Films for Kids

Whether they’re wandering far from home or uncovering mysteries right under their noses, the characters in these films embark on extraordinary journeys, learning more about the world and themselves in the process. Presenting a list of PG adventure films for our younger audience!

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Spotlight: Costume Drama

This week, we present films with costumes that help create a deeper understanding of the filmic world and those who inhabit it. Whether set in the present, the past, or another realm altogether, these films feature garments that tell a story.

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