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.
Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter
No one has captured the complexities of forbidden love with more intimacy than Celia Johnson in David Lean’s classic romance.
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.
Reintroducing Metaphors on Vision
In conjunction with a new edition of Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision, we’re sharing a selection from the opening pages of this seminal work.
Adventures in Perception: Stan Brakhage in His Own Words
This collection of excerpts from interviews with Stan Brakhage illuminates the evolution of his philosophy of film through his career.
The Shape of Corruption
Matteo Garrone’s gritty portrait of the Neapolitan Mafia draws on a lineage of Italian crime films dating back to Francesco Rosi’s trailblazing Salvatore Giuliano.
Keeper of the Secret: Remembering Jeanne Moreau
French New Wave icon Jeanne Moreau possessed a stillness, a way of surrendering to the camera, that made her utterly unique among modern actors.
David Lowery on David Gordon Green’s George Washington
The director behind one of the most acclaimed films of the year, A Ghost Story, explains how David Gordon Green’s poetic vision of adolescence opened his eyes to the possibilities of cinema.
Beauty and the Beast: Ralph Meeker in Something Wild
Known for playing sexy noir toughs, Ralph Meeker underwent a startling transformation as the anguished, slovenly male lead in Jack Garfein’s psychological drama.
On the Music of Ghost World
Director Terry Zwigoff shares his own musical taste in this article about how he went about selecting songs to underscore the deadpan tone of his cult comedy Ghost World.
Constant Compass: Uma Das Gupta in Pather Panchali
Writer Durga Chew-Bose explores her personal connection to Uma Das Gupta’s quietly captivating performance as a carefree young girl in the masterful opening installment of The Apu Trilogy.
Jack Clayton and the Art of the “Woman’s Director”
British director Jack Clayton elicited landmark performances from a host of great ladies of the cinema, including Maggie Smith, Deborah Kerr, and Anne Bancroft.
Walking with Scorsese
An exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image explores Martin Scorsese’s creative process, his deep personal connection to his films, and his lifelong cinephilia.
Blobs, Demons, and Dark Stars: Remembering Jack H. Harris
Filmmaker Brock DeShane pays heartfelt tribute to Jack H. Harris, the late cult-horror maestro who produced low-budget sensations like The Blob and Equinox.
Gleaner’s Art: An Agnès Varda Exhibition
An exhibition in New York showcases the great French filmmaker’s gallery art, ranging from photographic portraits to installations that blend still and moving images.