Inside Criterion

Sneak Peeks

440 Results

Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable
Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable

The acclaimed Polish director explains how her international breakthrough film, Europa Europa, was inspired by a desire to tell a different, less predictable kind of Holocaust story.

/
A Tolstoy Adaptation That Defies Gravity
A Tolstoy Adaptation That Defies Gravity

Cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky talks about the innovative camera work that made some of War and Peace’s most ambitious sequences possible.

Undoing the Binarchy in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Undoing the Binarchy in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Members of the cast and crew of Hedwig and the Angry Inch discuss the film’s defiant approach to questions of identity and politics.

/
How Bruno Dumont’s Cinema Gives Flesh to Philosophy
How Bruno Dumont’s Cinema Gives Flesh to Philosophy

The French iconoclast explains how his background in industrial filmmaking helped him bring life to abstract ideas about the human condition.

/
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films

In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.

/
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet

In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.

/
All the Bad Men in Let the Sunshine In
All the Bad Men in Let the Sunshine In

Claire Denis talks about the tricky task of casting the roles of Juliette Binoche’s male suitors in her slyly funny tale of middle-aged romance.

/
How to Implicate an Audience
How to Implicate an Audience

Michael Haneke explains the strategy and inspiration behind his fourth-wall-breaking tricks in the brutal thriller Funny Games.

/
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama

Despite its cloistered setting, The Heiress is filled with moments of visual ingenuity and exquisite camera work that take viewers inside its heroine’s psychology.

/
What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind
What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind

One of today’s top action-comedy directors, Edgar Wright, breaks down the elements of the Hong Kong superstar’s charisma and how it has transcended cultural boundaries.

Gillian Armstrong on Dismantling Men’s Fantasies of Women
Gillian Armstrong on Dismantling Men’s Fantasies of Women

With her feature debut, My Brilliant Career, the Australian director sought to challenge a long history of female stereotypes on-screen.

/
On the Road with Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg
On the Road with Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg

In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of A Face in the Crowd, author Ron Briley recounts the research that shaped the film’s insights on politics and media.

/
A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight
A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight

In this excerpt from an interview on the edition of Diamonds of the Night, film programmer Irena Kovarova talks about the work of one of director Jan Němec’s key collaborators, Ester Krumbachová.

/
Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters
Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters

In a new conversation with collaborators Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg, the director of I Wanna Hold Your Hand talks about the terror of being a first-time feature director.

How Carlos Reygadas Plans for the Unexpected
How Carlos Reygadas Plans for the Unexpected

Storyboards have been an important part of the Mexican filmmaker’s process from the beginning of his career. In this interview, he talks about the freedom that meticulous pre-planning allows him on-set.

/
A Recipe for Quick and Dirty Noir
A Recipe for Quick and Dirty Noir

Scholar Noah Isenberg explains how director Edgar G. Ulmer made Detour, the mother of all B noirs, on a tight schedule and tiny budget.

/
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.

/
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.

/
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.

/
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.

/
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.

/
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.

/