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  1. Beauty and the Beast Explained: Tale as Old as Time

    We look back at 1991's Beauty and the Beast and unpack what made the movie so great: its visuals, the symbolism of the story, and the origins of the "tale as old as time."

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    Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  2. Black Mirror Explained: A Shared Universe

    Charlie Brooker says the Black Mirror "flavor" is like a box of chocolates, and they're all dark chocolates. We explore some of the show's Easter Eggs, as well as how the episodes share a common tone and worldview.

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    Black Mirror
  3. Fifty Shades Explained: What’s the Real Fantasy?

    What is the real fantasy that's drawn so many people to Fifty Shades of Grey? Even though many find the relationship problematic or even abusive, it's tapping into some common deeper fantasies.

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    Fifty Shades of Grey
  4. Spotlight on Berlinale Shorts: Rawane Nassif’s “Turtles Are Always Home”

    At Berlinale 2017, ScreenPrism spoke with Lebanese director Rawane Nassif about her experimental short film "Turtles Are Always Home."

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  5. Spotlight on Berlinale Shorts: Lia Hietala’s “My Gay Sister”

    At Berlinale 2017, ScreenPrism spoke with Swedish director Lia Hietala about her Teddy Award-winning short film "My Gay Sister."

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  6. Spotlight on Berlinale Shorts: Fern Silva’s “Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder”

    ScreenPrism spoke with New York-based artist Fern Silva about his short film "Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder" following its premiere at Berlinale 2017.

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  7. Fantastic Beasts Explained: J.K. Rowling’s Magic of Analogy

    J. K. Rowling's screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is full of analogies that speak to our world's problems and history. We look at Fantastic Beasts and the Harry Potter universe to unpack what Rowling is really saying.

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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  8. Moonlight Explained: Symbols, Camera & More

    Moonlight is a masterclass in expressive camera and sound. We walk through the film's structure, cinematography, sound and symbolism to show you what you might have missed about this immersive and intimate story.

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  9. Directing Techniques & Tips: Best of Sundance Directors

    We asked top directors at Sundance 2017 to share their tips and advice about how to direct a film. Featuring Marti Noxon (Unreal, To the Bone), Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Newness), Craig Johnson (Wilson), Andrew Dosunmu (Where is Kyra?) and Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands).

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  10. Manchester by the Sea Explained: The Art of Flashbacks

    Kenneth Lonergan uses the Unannounced Flashback throughout Manchester by the Sea to tell the story of Lee Chandler and express Chandler's ongoing grief. We look back at the history of flashbacks to shed light on Lonergan's choice.

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    Manchester by the Sea
  11. Screenwriting Tips: Best of Sundance Screenwriters

    We spoke to top screenwriters at Sundance about the process of writing for the screen. We asked what makes someone a good screenwriter, how to adapt from source material, and what advice they'd give aspiring writers.

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  12. Arrival: Ending Explained

    What really happened at the end of Arrival? What was the deeper meaning? We unpack the details and symbols, and we speak to the screenwriter for an extra level of insight.

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