2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Film

Everything the cinephile in your life needs this holiday season.
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Persistence of vision If 3-D really is the future of cinema (again), what filmgoer wouldn´┐Żt want a pair of lightweight, stylish 3-D glasses ($19.95)? Unlike the specs they hand out at the multiplex, Visual World Products´┐Ż spiffy shades´┐Żincluding the peripheral vision-friendly Vantage model, pictured´┐Żwill work in multiple viewing platforms. They´┐Żre compatible with six passive 3-D television brands and about 94 percent of all 3-D-equipped movie screens. Available at visualworldproducts.com.
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The French connection Jean-Luc Godard´┐Żs eight-episode, five-hour Histoire(s) du cin´┐Żma ($44.99) is one of the French New Waver´┐Żs greatest achievements. It´┐Żs both a heady cluster of allusions´┐Żto movies, literature, 21st-century politics´┐Żand an epic poem. Long unavailable on Region 1 DVD, it arrives stateside December 6 in a two-disc edition from Olive Films. Available at amazon.com.
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I stream, you stream Hulu Plus now caters to cinephiles as ardently as it does to boob-tube addicts. Chalk up its increasingly impressive library of streaming movies to a fruitful partnership with Criterion. A gift subscription ($7.99 per month, $95.88 per year) is cheaper than a semester of film school´┐Żand probably more useful, too. Available at hulu.com.
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Beast in show For those who like their holidays macabre, along comes some spooky yuletide reading from filmmaker John Landis. Monsters in the Movies (DK Adult, $40) offers a photo history of the horror film, with 100 years of creature features spread across 300 glossy, full-color pages, including interviews with legendary directors and F/X maestros. Available at amazon.com.
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Shirt-ified copy The kick-ass director T-shirts ($25) from CineFile Video unite the twin passions of moviegoing and devil-horn throwing. Ozu gets lionized in the Ozzy Osbourne font, Herzog´┐Żs name sits atop the Danzig skull, and, in our personal favorite, B´┐Żla Tarr shares torso space with the Black Flag logo. Available at cinefilevideo.com.
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