Margarethe von Trotta Found Her Cinema Gateway in The Seventh Seal
The great German director reflects on her first experience with Ingmar Bergman’s classic meditation on mortality, a film that opened her eyes to the possibilities of cinema.
Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Thelma Ritter
Supporting roles bring potent flavor to classic Hollywood’s darkest genre. In the first installment of a series, Imogen Sara Smith pays tribute to the queen of character actors: Thelma Ritter.
Marianne Faithfull Brings on the Heartbreak in Made in U.S.A
With her a capella take on the Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By,” the singer turns a brief moment in one of Godard’s most playful films into a reflection on loss.
What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema
The Oscar-winning director of La La Land explains how an early encounter with À nos amours taught him to mix spontaneity and surprise into his own highly stylized worlds.
Less Is More: Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria
No one has utilized the actress’s elusive minimalism and artful underplaying to more brilliantly complicated effect than French director Olivier Assayas.
The Heat of the Moment: Ten Minutes That Capture the Revolution of 1968
A breathtaking, rarely screened vérité document encapsulates the social and aesthetic sea change that transformed France in the spring of 1968.
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.
Chloé Zhao Discovers Uncharted Territory in The New World
The award-winning director of The Rider explores the deep respect for nature and subjective human experience in Terrence Malick’s masterful vision of early seventeenth-century America.
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.