Fail Safe: Very Little Left of the World
Sidney Lumet brought his vivid sense of the messiness of human experience to this stark nuclear thriller, which centers on a series of earth-shattering decisions made in quiet rooms.
Until the End of the World: The End of the Road
Wim Wenders’ string of successes in the eighties freed him to mount one of the most ambitious productions in European film history, an epic he characterized as “the ultimate road movie.”
24 Frames: The World Made Visible
After years of paring his filmmaking down to the bare essentials, Abbas Kiarostami delivered this gorgeous and boldly minimalist meditation on time, movement, and image-making.
Graduation: Where Are You, Romeo?
The scenes in Romeo’s car—as it glides through the streets, the strains of Purcell and Vivaldi undulating—stand in sharp visual and aural contrast to the handheld economy of much of the rest of the film, which focuses tightly on dialogue exchan…
Three Outlaw Samurai: The Disloyal Bunch
For nearly three decades, Hideo Gosha (1929–1992) made some of the most explosive, artful, and original films in Japanese cinema. Along the way, he also became one of his country’s most established and acclaimed filmmakers. But his reputation in …