This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
What goes into staging the perfect on-screen kiss? Director Sofia Coppola and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett look back on shooting a passionate make-out session in The Virgin Suicides.
“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man
Jim Jarmusch filmed Neil Young recording the score for his 1995 revisionist western. Watch a bit of the never-released footage here.
Discovering the Jazzy Sounds of Paul Whiteman
Musician Michael Feinstein talks about discovering Paul Whiteman, the wildly popular bandleader who stars in the early-Technicolor musical King of Jazz.
Playing with Color and Light in Women in Love
Cinematographer Billy Williams talks about his experience creating the lush images and expressive lighting in Ken Russell’s boldly stylized adaptation of Women in Love.
Fassbinder’s Anarchic Spin on a Classic Brecht Role
New German Cinema filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta shares her memories of working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the set of Volker Schlöndorf’s 1970 film Baal.
The Bells of Saint Joan
Composer Richard Einhorn talks about conceiving the oratorio Voices of Light, which has often accompanied Carl Theodor Dreyer’s he Passion of Joan of Arc over the past quarter century.
Martin Scorsese on the Sights and Sounds of Old-World New York
Martin Scorsese talks with critic Kent Jones about some of the techniques that helped bring the film’s depiction of Gilded Age Manhattan to life.
A Touch of Modernity in Tom Jones
Scholar Donald Petrie delves into how inspired choices in casting and cinematography gave Tony Richardson’s Oscar-winning period comedy its modern sensibility.
Ask Steven Soderbergh
Got anything to ask Steven Soderbergh? We’re working on a new edition of sex, lies, and videotape, and the director will be answering some of your burning questions on the release.
A Closer Look at Bengali Superstar Uttam Kumar
Film scholar Meheli Sen discusses the particular qualities that made Bengali actor Uttam Kumar a star and the perfect leading man for Satyajit Ray’s The Hero.
Kabuki Meets ’Scope in Kon Ichikawa’s Masterpiece
Critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns explains how Kon Ichikawa intermingles modernist and classical styles in his masterpiece An Actor’s Revenge.
How Night of the Living Dead Broke New Ground in Casting
Robert Rodriguez, Frank Darabont, and Guillermo del Toro discuss the groundbreaking casting of African American actor Duane Jones as the lead in Night of the Living Dead.
Feminist Forensics in The Silence of the Lambs
Critic Maitland McDonagh incisively examines the character of Clarice in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs and how her perspective as a woman informs the way she sees forensic evidence.
The History of the Olympic Games in Nine Videos
With the XXIII Olympic Winter Games kicking off tomorrow, we’re sharing a series of supercuts highlighting breathtaking moments from our colossal box set 100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012.
Miles Davis Improvises the Score for Elevator to the Gallows
In this excerpt from a supplement on our edition of Elevator to the Gallows, jazz legend Miles Davis plays his improvised score to projected images from the film.
Pabst’s Vivid Re-creation of a Real-Life Disaster
In this excerpt from a supplement on our release of G. W. Pabst’s Kameradschaft, scholar Hermann Barth explores the painstaking work of set designer Ernő Metzner.
War Veterans React to the Realism of Westfront 1918
On the fiftieth-anniversary commemoration of the armistice that ended World War I, the French television program Les dossiers de l’écran showed G. W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 to a group of veterans and asked for their reactions.
Bertrand Tavernier Breaks Down the Social Consciousness of Douce
Acclaimed filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier pays loving tribute to Claude Autant-Lara’s diamond-cut romantic tragedy Douce and its radical take on class relations.
Casting I, Daniel Blake
Casting director Kahleen Crawford and screenwriter Paul Laverty, both regular collaborators of Ken Loach’s, outline the unique casting process they’ve developed in lockstep with the director.
The On-Set Chemistry That Made The Breakfast Club
Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy offer some of their impressions from the making of John Hughes’s pop-culture sensation.
Kubrick’s Candle Tricks in Barry Lyndon
For his period epic Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick insisted on shooting primarily with candlelight. Two of his collaborators discuss the challenges presented by this approach and the solutions they arrived at on set.
Michael Haneke on the Art of the Erotic Long Take
In this excerpt from an interview on our edition of The Piano Teacher, the Austrian director discusses the mechanics of one of the film’s most shocking sequences.
The World Reacts to a Dictator’s Self-Portrait
Barbet Schroeder’s General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait inspired an impassioned reaction from the film’s notorious subject and his community of fellow dictators.