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Spotlight: Architects and Architecture

Buildings are one of the most frequently uncredited heroes of set design — they can add tension, drama, excitement, beauty, and more to a film without audiences ever knowing their architects’ names or the rationale behind their design. To celebrate the link between architecture and cinema, this week's Spotlight is all about buildings and the people who create them.

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Spotlight: Actors: La Lollo e le Sue Amiche, Part II

Due to the outpouring of enthusiasm for our Spotlight on Gina Lollobrigida and the other Ieading ladies of Italian cinema in the 1950s and 1960s, we are adding a second installment, stretching from the height of the Neorealist movement right up to the present day.

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Spotlight: Actors: La Lollo e le Sue Amiche

In honor of the passing of Gina Lollobrigida this week, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate La Lollo, as she was affectionately known, and the other Ieading ladies of Italian cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. These actresses' style, sass, strength, and alluring beauty made them icons in their native country and beyond.

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Spotlight: The Idle Rich

Are the very rich different from the rest of us? The films in this week’s Spotlight certainly make it look that way. They satirize and skewer the one percent in merciless detail — their greed and gluttony, moral failings, mental shortcomings, and spectacular, soul-killing selfishness.

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Spotlight: Volcanoes

From disaster flicks to documentaries, from Mount Vesuvius to Mount Paektu, to Mount Doom, this week we‘re watching movies about volcanoes. With computer generated imagery, stop-motion animation, and spectacular live action footage, these filmmakers attempt to capture the singularly cinematic phenomenon of fire-breathing mountains.

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Spotlight: Cities: New York

New York has served as a port of entry, both literally and imaginatively, for people from around the world coming to America. These films tell their stories, and in so doing, offer a kaleidoscopic vision of the city from the outside in.

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Spotlight: More is More

At a time of year that lends itself to over-indulgence, we offer a slate of films that take a "more is more" approach. Over-the-top, campy, and melodramatic, these films invite the viewer to embrace the excess and worry about the consequences in the morning.

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Spotlight: The End Times

As 2022 careens to a close, we present a selection of films about endings of all kinds -- from the end of childhood to the end of the world, and all the many things that end along the way.

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Spotlight: World Cup 2022

With a billion people estimated to watch the World Cup, soccer is everywhere this month. With that in mind, we present these soccer stories from around the world, ranging from documentaries on the star players, to dramas about the impact of those players on the rest of us.

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