Memories of a Martial-Arts Master
In this outtake from an interview with Shangkuan Ling-fung, the Taiwanese wuxia icon gets nostalgic about her encounters with Bruce Lee.
How Ron Shelton Did Justice to the “Talking Sport”
The director of Bull Durham explains the ins and outs of bringing baseball to the screen and why Kevin Costner is the finest athletic actor he’s worked with.
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.
Cristian Mungiu’s Closet Picks
The director of Graduation and Beyond the Hills shares personal stories of growing up as a movie lover in Romania and picks up a few of his favorite films.
The Birth of a Hollywood Bad Girl
The product of consummate artistry and savvy promotion, Marlene Dietrich’s salacious image opened up erotic frontiers for a generation of moviegoers.
Dropping in on the Texas Theatre
The movie theater Lee Harvey Oswald ducked into after shooting John F. Kennedy has undergone a reinvention, becoming one of the most exciting cultural hubs in Dallas.
Free the Vagina: A Conversation with Renata Gasiorowska
The sweetness and aggression of female erotic pleasure take center stage in Pussy, an imaginatively stylized animated short now playing on FilmStruck.
Taxi Driver and the Early Days of the Commentary
In one of Criterion’s earliest commentary tracks, Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader talk about how they got lucky with their gripping New York City classic.
David and Nathan Zellner’s Top 10
Austin-based duo David and Nathan Zellner, whose new film Damsel is now in theaters, share a list of favorites that run the gamut from genre provocation to lyrical humanism.
Finding Expressive Freedom in Continuity Editing
In a new episode of Observations on Film Art, scholar Jeff Smith examines how The Devil and Daniel Webster plays with the conventions of traditional Hollywood editing.
The Hope That Fueled Bowling for Columbine
How much can a film turn the tide on American violence? Michael Moore and archivist Carl Deal reflect on the moral urgency that gave rise to one of the most talked-about documentaries of all time.
Bringing the Grit to Philippine Cinema
For Philippine master Lino Brocka, casting a mix of nonprofessional and professional actors was key to achieving his brand of unvarnished naturalism.
Ari Aster’s Top 10
The director of Hereditary writes on the filmmakers who get him excited about making movies.
Marlon James Praises a Gay Cinema Classic
The Man Booker Prize–winning author explains why Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together is the “only effective depiction of a gay relationship” on-screen.
And Then There Were Five . . .
Alan Bean, one of twelve astronauts to leave their footprints on the moon, left us last weekend at the age of eighty-six.