The Joy and Pain of One Good Meal in Bicycle Thieves
The great Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke recalls what his first encounters with Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece taught him about the possibilities of cinematic realism.
The Kid Brother: Mettle Is Stronger than Muscle
There was more to Harold Lloyd than laughter. In one of his best movies, the silent-film legend deftly balanced elements of action and romance with his signature slapstick set pieces.
Tracing the Roots of Khalik Allah’s “Camera Ministry”
The director of Black Mother explains how the twin influences of hip-hop culture and international art-house cinema brought him to his artistic calling.
The Funny Man with the Pardon: Billy Gilbert in His Girl Friday
The famously blustery comedy veteran transforms into a hilariously timid messenger in Howard Hawks’s fast-talking screwball masterpiece.
Inside La Fémis: Claire Simon Uncovers the Politics of Film School
Who gets to be groomed for a career in the French film industry? Claire Simon’s The Competition takes a look at the grueling admissions process at the country’s most prestigious film school.