John Huston, Freudian
The legendary Hollywood auteur channeled his deep fascination with the father of psychoanalysis in three revelatory but underappreciated films: Let There Be Light, Freud, and Reflections in a Golden Eye.
Walkers in the City: Jules Dassin and Bruce Goldstein in New York
With his documentary Uncovering “The Naked City,” beloved Film Forum repertory program director Bruce Goldstein pays tribute to his friendship with the legendary Hollywood auteur and the bygone New York he immortalized on-screen.
Shame: Twilight of the Humans
In 1968, Ingmar Bergman channeled his anguish over the legacy of World War II and the escalating brutality in Vietnam into the most fiercely political film of his career.
An Actor’s Revenge and a Director’s Triumph
In this wildly inventive revenge drama, director Kon Ichikawa blurs the line between stage and screen, infusing kabuki traditions with his own extravagant visual sensibility.
I’m All Right Jack and The Organizer: Bread and Roses and a Lot of Laughs
Two marvels of midcentury social commentary now streaming on the Criterion Channel show how progress can be a one-step-forward, two-steps-backward process.
An Honest Bull Session with Carroll Ballard
With both films now streaming on the Criterion Channel, director Carroll Ballard discusses the parallels between his short documentary Rodeo and Francesco Rosi’s bull-fighting classic The Moment of Truth.
Cinéastes de notre temps for Our Times: A Conversation with Richard Peña
Programmer Michael Sragow and former Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Peña discuss the holy grail of cinephile TV series and the legendary figures it profiled.
Jack Clayton and the Art of the “Woman’s Director”
British director Jack Clayton elicited landmark performances from a host of great ladies of the cinema, including Maggie Smith, Deborah Kerr, and Anne Bancroft.
Of Men and Balls: Ron Shelton on The Freshman and This Sporting Life
The Call of the Wild
Graham Greene on Sabotage
Graham Greene on Knight Without Armour
Happy Black Friday
Shades of Gray
Masters of Suspense
This week’s Friday Night Double Feature on the Criterion Channel demonstrates how much suspense a superb director can wring from an intriguing premise without resorting to yelling “boo!” or splashing gore.
Only Angels Have Wings: Hawks’s Genius Takes Flight
Howard Hawks’s 1939 aviation classic Only Angels Have Wings is an exemplar of the auteurist Hollywood entertainer’s capability to fuse “a personal existential statement and a delightful piece of showmanship.”