That Obscure Object of Desire: Desire, Denuded
Luis Buñuel weaved together multiple strands of his artistry in his final film, which blends the surrealism of his early years, the melodrama of his 1950s work, and the elegant erotic comedy of his late career.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: More and Less
Crazy things keep happening in Luis Buñuel’s perverse comedy of manners, a film that coolly deconstructs itself at every turn.
Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist
With a mixture of intuition, craft, and an endless curiosity about how cinema can be used to shock and provoke, the Spanish master left us with a rich body of work that stands as a testament to the power of surrealism.
L’argent: The Weight of the World
A forged note brings chaos and corruption to the lives of everyone it touches in Robert Bresson’s devastating final film.
A River Called Titas: River of No Return
A beloved filmmaker in India, the Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak digs into his region’s traumatic history in this epic melodrama.
Days of Heaven: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
Like many American directors who emerged in the early 1970s, Terrence Malick went to film school—to the American Film Institute, where, indeed, his fellow students included Paul Schrader and David Lynch. But unlike many film school graduates, Malic…
Cléo from 5 to 7: Passionate Time
There have been many films, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) to Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002), devoted to the challenge of capturing or reconstituting the experience of “real time.” Agnès Varda’s 1961 Cléo from 5 to 7—an acc…
Masculin féminin: The Young Man for All Times
In one of the great films of the sixties, Jean-Luc Godard takes an irreverent look at the “children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” carried along by the first great tidal wave of pop culture consumption.