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The Hell of War: David Simon on Paths of Glory

Under the Influence

The Hell of War: David Simon on Paths of Glory

The creator of The Wire takes inspiration from the narrative and moral complexity of Stanley Kubrick’s war masterpiece.

On Film / Features
May 9, 2018
Look at That Girl
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.

Tabletop Intimacy: One Scene from À nos amours

One Scene

Tabletop Intimacy: One Scene from À nos amours

The director of Love After Love examines the emotional subtlety of Maurice Pialat’s camera work in a pivotal scene in the 1983 masterpiece À nos amours.

By Russell Harbaugh

On Film / Features
Apr 2, 2018
The Sun on Their Faces: One Scene from People on Sunday

One Scene

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.

By Imogen Sara Smith

On Film / Features
Jan 24, 2018
The One and Only Saul Turell

Flashbacks

The One and Only Saul Turell

On what would have been Saul Turell’s ninety-seventh birthday, Peter Cowie celebrates the man who was the beating heart behind Janus Films.

By Peter Cowie

On Film / Features
Jan 20, 2018
I’m All Right Jack and The Organizer: Bread and Roses and a Lot of Laughs
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.

By Michael Sragow

On Film / Features
Jan 19, 2018
Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

Performances

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.

By Dan Callahan

On Film / Features
Dec 21, 2017
The Beautiful Crimes of Henri Decaë

Dark Passages

The Beautiful Crimes of Henri Decaë

In her latest column, critic Imogen Sara Smith explains how cinematographer Henri Decaë brought a risk-taking spirit and seductive allure to some of the most iconic French crime films.

By Imogen Sara Smith

On Film / Features
Dec 20, 2017
Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale

Performances

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.

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Features
Dec 20, 2017
Reintroducing Metaphors on Vision
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.

By P. Adams Sitney

On Film / Features
Sep 27, 2017
Adventures in Perception: Stan Brakhage in His Own Words
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.

By Suranjan Ganguly

On Film / Features
Sep 27, 2017
The Shape of Corruption
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.

By Michael Sragow

On Film / Features
Sep 17, 2017
Keeper of the Secret: Remembering Jeanne Moreau
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.

By Terrence Rafferty

On Film / Features
Aug 16, 2017
David Lowery on David Gordon Green’s George Washington

Under the Influence

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.

On Film / Features
Aug 1, 2017
Fatal Women and the Fate of Women

Dark Passages

Fatal Women and the Fate of Women

What is the defining characteristic of the femme fatale? Critic Imogen Sara Smith explores the range of this film noir archetype through a handful of classic performances.

By Imogen Sara Smith

On Film / Features
Jul 31, 2017
Wild Child: Amy Wright in Wise Blood

Performances

Wild Child: Amy Wright in Wise Blood

The great character actress delivers a lusty, unbridled performance as a preacher’s daughter in this late-career gem from John Huston.

By Shonni Enelow

On Film / Features
Jul 4, 2017
Steve James on Nashville

Under the Influence

Steve James on Nashville

The veteran documentary filmmaker behind Hoop Dreams and the recently released Abacus: Small Enough to Jail discusses the ways in which Robert Altman’s masterpiece combines epic scope with intimate detail.

On Film / Features
Jun 6, 2017
Beauty and the Beast: Ralph Meeker in Something Wild

Performances

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
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.

By Terry Zwigoff

On Film / Features
May 31, 2017
Constant Compass: Uma Das Gupta in Pather Panchali

Performances

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.

By Durga Chew-Bose

On Film / Features
May 9, 2017
Jack Clayton and the Art of the “Woman’s Director”
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.

By Michael Sragow

On Film / Features
Apr 13, 2017
Walking with Scorsese
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.

By Bilge Ebiri

On Film / Features
Apr 10, 2017
Blobs, Demons, and Dark Stars: Remembering Jack H. Harris
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.

By Brock DeShane

On Film / Features
Apr 7, 2017
Gleaner’s Art: An Agnès Varda Exhibition
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.

By Amy Taubin

On Film / Features
Apr 5, 2017