Joachim Trier Grapples with the Fractured Time of Don’t Look Now
The acclaimed Norwegian filmmaker talks about Nicolas Roeg’s richly suggestive, nonlinear approach to time in his masterpiece Don't Look Now.
When Actors Do Double Duty
From Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers to Kazuo Hasegawa in An Actor’s Revenge, performers who multitask as several characters in a single film tap into the essential uncanniness of cinema itself.
The Sprightly Civil Servant: Norman McLaren at the National Film Board of Canada
Can creative genius flourish on the federal dime? Animator Norman McLaren’s remarkably innovative, government-funded films suggest it can.
Wanda Now: Reflections on Barbara Loden’s Feminist Masterpiece
Some of our favorite writers and artists share what continues to haunt them about Barbara Loden’s long-neglected 1970 masterpiece, which returns to theaters in a new restoration this week.
Machine Gun McCain and the Birth of the Cassavetes Clan
Before John Cassavetes and his core group of actors became famous for their unflinching melodramas, they converged in this tough and dirty Italian gangster film.
Look at That Girl
Depth, beauty, curiosity—what gave luminous French star Danielle Darrieux staying power across eight decades? Critic Farran Smith Nehme looks for the answer in two films from opposite ends of her career.
The Sun on Their Faces: One Scene from People on Sunday
One of the most memorable sequences in the silent classic People on Sunday explores the experience of being photographed and the tension between still and moving images.
I’m All Right Jack and The Organizer: Bread and Roses and a Lot of Laughs
Two marvels of midcentury social commentary now streaming on the Criterion Channel show how progress can be a one-step-forward, two-steps-backward process.
Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale
Amid the tumultuous family dynamics on display in Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale, Emmanuelle Devos delivers a performance of remarkable subtlety and lyricism.