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The highest form of cinematic invention, running from Charlie Chaplin and Erich von Stroheim to Orson Welles and John Cassavetes, involves directors filming themselves as the stars of their own movies. As seen in the “Indie 80s” series, which is running at BAMcinématek through Aug. 27, independent filmmakers of the nineteen-eighties extended this tradition and brought it to a vertiginous new level of complexity.

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