Time Bandits: Guerrilla Fantasy
Breaking the Waves: Breaking the Rules
Lars von Trier brought his brand of provocation to his widest audience yet with this inquiry into faith and human goodness.
A Brief History of Time: Macrobiography
Errol Morris’s documentary investigation into the life and theories of Stephen Hawking sets one man against the universe.
Seconds: Reborn Again
John Frankenheimer burrows into the insidious side of the American sixties in his visually dazzling thriller.
Life Is Sweet: Life Is Bittersweet
Mike Leigh’s breakthrough is a funny film about serious things, and an emotional and slyly political take on consumer culture.
Brazil: A Great Place to Visit, Wouldn’t Want to Live There
Misunderstood by Hollywood, embraced by critics, this fatalistic fantasy remains Terry Gilliam’s ultimate trip.
All in The Game
No mere jigsaw movie, David Fincher’s thriller is also a nuanced character study, a satire of corporate culture, and a film about filmmaking.
3 Women: Dream Project
“Sometimes I feel like little Eva, running across the ice . . . with the dogs yapping at my ass,” Robert Altman said in 1976, the year before 3 Women debuted. “Maybe the reason I’m doing all this is so I can get a lot done before they catch…
Life During Wartime: Wars on Terror
The Thin Red Line: This Side of Paradise
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography
Sweet Movie: Wake Up!
Whatever you’ve heard about Sweet Movie, the audacious and outrageous political comedy by Yugoslav filmmaker Dušan Makavejev, there’s a good chance it’s wrong. Ever since this mischievous masterpiece had its Cannes premiere, in 1974, ill-advi…
The Two of Us: War and Peace
As usual, François Truffaut knew exactly what made a great film great. For twenty years, he wrote in 1967, he had been waiting for “the real film” about the Nazi occupation of France, showing the French majority “who were involved neither in t…