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Abbey Lustgarten

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Introducing Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema
Introducing Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Criterion producer Abbey Lustgarten walks us through the structure and features of a monumental new box set celebrating the Swedish master, releasing this November.

10 Things I Learned: Festival

By Abbey Lustgarten


10 Things I Learned: Festival
10 Things I Learned: Festival

1. The first Newport Folk Festivals took place in 1959 and 1960 and were the result of a collaboration between Newport Jazz Festival producer George Wein and Albert Grossman, who at the time were partners in music and artist management. After…

In Memory of David Shepard
In Memory of David Shepard

Last month, the world of silent-film history lost one of its most active proponents and preservationists.

10 Things I Learned: One-Eyed Jacks

By Abbey Lustgarten


10 Things I Learned: One-Eyed Jacks
10 Things I Learned: One-Eyed Jacks

3.Originally, Stanley Kubrick was on board to direct the film. After six months of disagreements, Kubrick announced his departure in the Hollywood press, saying that he intended to spend time on his adaptation of Lolita. But before he could…

Spending Time with Haskell Wexler
Spending Time with Haskell Wexler

The filmmaker and cinematographer had a lifelong commitment to the camera and how it could be used to foster dialogue and action.

10 Things I Learned: Tootsie
10 Things I Learned: Tootsie

Learn a few choice details about the film with a title that came from Dustin Hoffman’s mother, who used to, according to the actor, “throw me up in the air and say ‘How’s my little tootsie-wootsie?”

10 Things I Learned: Persona
10 Things I Learned: Persona

After being inspired by a picture of Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman envisioned a film about two women who lose their identities in one another. He wrote its script in fourteen days, while he was in the hospital.

10 Things I Learned: Persona
10 Things I Learned: Persona

6. Initially, Bergman was advised to cut from the script the scene where Nurse Alma (Andersson) describes to Elisabet a sexual experience on the beach with a girlfriend and two boys. Andersson convinced Bergman that they must at least film it…

10 Things I Learned: The Big City and Charulata
10 Things I Learned: Medium Cool
10 Things I Learned: The Man Who Knew Too Much
10 Things I Learned: The Gold Rush
10 Things I Learned: Three Colors
10 Things I Learned: Three Colors

1. Krzysztof Kieślowski directed all three films in the trilogy, Blue, White, and Red, in less than ten months (from September 1992 to May 1993).

10 Things I Learned: Three Colors

By Abbey Lustgarten


Claude Berri, 1934–2009
Lipp Service

From upstairs at the Brasserie Lipp in Paris, you have a perfect view of the Café de Flore, directly across the boulevard Saint-Germain. Both are famous Left Bank institutions where filmmakers such as Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol,…