Cameraperson: Getting Close
Kirsten Johnson interrogates the thorny ethics of nonfiction filmmaking in her intriguingly elliptical blend of essay, travelogue, and memoir.
Wim Wenders: “Between Me and the World”
Wim Wenders’s road movies, Michael Almereyda writes, are “at once minimal and romantic, austere and lyrical,” focusing on questions—of individuals and society, culture and nature—that Wenders has returned to throughout his career.
Ride the Pink Horse: Bad Luck All Around
Director and star Robert Montgomery suffuses his moody 1947 New Mexico–set noir with palpable postwar anxiety and expressive fatalism.
Using a 1958 murder spree as a narrative springboard, Terrence Malick fashioned a fractured fairy tale about American innocence lost.
On the Waterfront: Everybody Part of Everybody Else
Elia Kazan’s masterwork is a vivid, tough look at a time and place, and a transcendent human drama.
Let there be no trouble, no pranks . . . Do you realize the enormity of our moral responsibility? —Headmaster in Zéro de conduite There is nothing in the history of movies that mirrors or matches the achievement of Jean Vigo. His four films can be…
The Bad Sleep Well: Shakespeare’s Ghost
Akira Kurosawa died in September of 1998, a month before I began shooting a humble, contemporary version of Hamlet set in Manhattan and filmed on Super 16mm. Another A. K.—Aki Kaurismaki—provided a more provocative influence with his Hamlet Goes …