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Performance artist Marina Abramović ("The Artist Is Present") was herself recently the subject of an award-winning HBO documentary. Now Abramović has put together a list of her own favorite movies -- or at least, the ones she's willing to sit down and watch with fans who donate at least $5,000 to her Institute's Kickstarter campaign. If you can't afford to watch "Melancholia" with the artist, don't be bummed -- right now everyone who donates over a dollar can at least get a hug.
The importance of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four seems self-explanatory now, but back in 1944 when it was just a seedling of an idea, Orwell sent this letter describing his anti-Fascist convictions, which would later become the backbone of the legendary novel. Watching the"two and two are five" concept in its inception is pretty fascinating.
Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" was one of the few art-house releases of the last year that actually lifted spirits, and it was a huge critical and financial hit. Now Criterion is in on the action, with DVD and Blu-ray available for pre-order at a reasonable price (by NYC movie ticket standards, anyway). The extras include conversations about film with guests like Peter Bogdonavich and Sarah Polley.
If you only associate Hayao Miyazaki with spirit bathhouses and castles on bird legs, then the trailer for his new animated film (see below) might seem rather mature for your tastes. "The Wind Rises" is a war drama about Jiro Horikoshi, an engineer who designed fighter planes for Japan. The signature Miyazaki artistic expression is still on display, there are just fewer witches and magic goldfish kingdoms than usual.