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Year In Review
The Top Ten Films of 2019

Amid all the tentpoles and remakes, some genuine cinematic imagination found its way onto screens large and small this year.

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Art & History
Dresden and the Invention of the Future

In the heartland of Saxony, stirrings of culture war and a crack-up in the consensus about the past.

TAI Conversations
A Century of European, German, and Jewish History

A 97-year-old literature scholar talks to TAI about Germany and the Jews, democracy and autocracy, and his never-ending love affair with fiction.

Star-Crossed Cultures
Cold War Kids

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War is an ambivalent film: Though it makes no apologies for communism, its attitude toward the West feels decidedly bitter.

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A Conversation with Vitaly Mansky
Witnessing Putin’s Rise

A leading Russian documentarian reflects on the events that brought Putin to power, in a new film that is part personal repentance and part cautionary tale.

2019 Predictions

Another year, another round of prognostication. TAI editors speculate about what 2019 has in store.

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At the Movies
The Death of the Auteur

Orson Welles’s final film, newly completed after four decades in limbo, is a fascinating paradox: a deeply personal but radically collaborative project, which speaks as much to our time as to his.

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Religion and Modernity
The Francis Resistance

Ross Douthat’s new book sounds the alarm about Pope Francis, arguing that the much-beloved pontiff is leading the Church into a crisis. But is resistance the wisest option?

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A Conversation With William Browder
“We’ve Now Gotten Putin’s Attention”

The American Interest speaks with the architect of the Magnitsky Act to learn why the latest sanctions on Russia have hit so much harder than past ones, and what they may presage for the future.

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At the Movies
The Loveless Russia of Andrey Zvyagintsev

In Loveless, the latest Oscar-nominated import from Russia’s most famous filmmaker, every unhappy family is alike, while happy families are nowhere to be seen at all.

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