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An Opera for Everyone
An Opera for Everyone

Ingmar Bergman expert Peter Cowie discusses the idiosyncratic ways the Swedish master brought the delight of Mozart to the screen.

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Charles Burnett Calls Forth the Ghosts of the Old World
Charles Burnett Calls Forth the Ghosts of the Old World

In an interview program on our edition of To Sleep with Anger, the director and his actors discuss the African-American folkloric traditions at the heart of the film.

Liv Ullmann Recalls “Shattering” Moments on the Set of Shame
Liv Ullmann Recalls “Shattering” Moments on the Set of Shame

While working on Ingmar Bergman’s devastating antiwar film, the actress developed an emotionally intense chemistry with her costar Max von Sydow.

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The Real-Life Rage That Fueled Lee Grant in In the Heat of the Night
The Real-Life Rage That Fueled Lee Grant in In the Heat of the Night

In this excerpt from a new interview, the actor talks about how she channeled her political anger in the role of a distraught widow in Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning crime drama.

Writing with the Body: Mikey and Nicky as an Actors’ Showcase
Writing with the Body: Mikey and Nicky as an Actors’ Showcase

Elaine May populated her gangster-film masterpiece with acting heavyweights who could bring spontaneity to their roles. Critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey talk about her approach to performance in this clip.

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How Hitchcock Pulled off a Shot for the Ages
How Hitchcock Pulled off a Shot for the Ages

Award-winning cinematographer John Bailey discusses the complications that Alfred Hitchcock faced trying to execute one of the most ambitious shots in his filmography.

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A World-Cinema Master Gives the World One Last Look
A World-Cinema Master Gives the World One Last Look

After his father’s death in 2016, Ahmad Kiarostami helped complete the conceptually daring meditation on image-making the great Iranian director had been working on for the last five years of his life.

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Euzhan Palcy Remembers Brando’s Nerves on the Set of A Dry White Season
Euzhan Palcy Remembers Brando’s Nerves on the Set of A Dry White Season

Marlon Brando hadn’t been in a movie in almost a decade when he took on his Oscar-nominated role in A Dry White Season. The film’s director talks about the pleasures of collaborating with the legendary actor.

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Barbara Stanwyck’s Last Great Film Role
Barbara Stanwyck’s Last Great Film Role

After three decades in the industry, Hollywood icon Barbara Stanwyck delivered one of her fiercest performances in Samuel Fuller’s western Forty Guns.

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The “Very Unusual” Fashion Show at the Heart of True Stories
The “Very Unusual” Fashion Show at the Heart of True Stories

In this video, artist Adelle Lutz and director David Byrne discuss the weird and wonderful outfits in a particularly outrageous set piece in the film.

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Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot
Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot

A costume designer can make characters come alive. In this new interview, two historians explore how Orry-Kelly’s gowns helped Marilyn Monroe embody one of her finest roles.

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Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride
Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride

Art director Richard Holland shares the nitty-gritty of how he constructed the infernal torture device in Rob Reiner’s classic fairy tale.

Jennifer Salt Unravels the Twisted Psychology of Sisters
Jennifer Salt Unravels the Twisted Psychology of Sisters

The actor looks back on her experience on the set of Brian De Palma’s first Hitchcockian thriller and her friendship with costar Margot Kidder.

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Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?
Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?

A public-television commission intended to raise class consciousness, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day inspired heated debates about its political orientation.

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Traces of Autobiography in A Raisin in the Sun
Traces of Autobiography in A Raisin in the Sun

Professor Imani Perry details how Lorraine Hansberry’s own experience of housing discrimination made its way into her landmark play.

In the Words of Tarkovsky
In the Words of Tarkovsky

In this contemplative moment from a documentary about Andrei Tarkovsky, the elusive master explains how he tried to conjure an immersive vision of painter Andrei Rublev’s world.

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A Touch of Class in the Comedies of Gregory La Cava
A Touch of Class in the Comedies of Gregory La Cava

The sheer strangeness of wealth and class divisions is fodder for screwball hilarity in Gregory La Cava’s Depression-era masterpiece.

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Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water
Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water

Olivier Assayas revived the spirit of the 1970s in one of cinema’s most evocative party sequences, which serves as the centerpiece of his acclaimed 1994 film.

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Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life
Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life

Visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass offers a glimpse into the complex process of creating the film’s majestic vision of the cosmos.

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Undressing Souls in Scenes from a Marriage
Undressing Souls in Scenes from a Marriage

What does it take for actors to be completely vulnerable with each other? Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson reflect on the close friendship that informed their work in one of Ingmar Bergman’s most ambitious dramas.

The Breakthrough That Put Cuban Cinema on the Map
The Breakthrough That Put Cuban Cinema on the Map

By posing provocative questions about revolutionary politics, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea brought Cuban filmmaking onto the international stage.

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A Time Capsule of a Gritty, Long-Gone New York
A Time Capsule of a Gritty, Long-Gone New York

The director and the star of Smithereens reminisce about how their landmark film immortalized the mean streets and crumbling buildings of 1980s downtown New York.

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How Edward James Olmos Brought a New Historical Authenticity to the Western
How Edward James Olmos Brought a New Historical Authenticity to the Western

The star and producer of The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez made a trailblazing intervention in an iconically American genre, creating an indelible portrait of a Latino American hero.

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Across the Great Divide: Creating Powell and Pressburger’s Stairway to Heaven
Across the Great Divide: Creating Powell and Pressburger’s Stairway to Heaven

In one of the most stunning technical feats in their filmography, directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger envisioned a conveyance that sends souls into the great beyond.

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