Silent Treatment: Kim Min-hee in On the Beach at Night Alone
In her most explicitly autobiographical collaboration with director Hong Sang-soo, the once reviled actress conveys a deep inner life through a series of understated moments.
Breaking the Ice: The Beginning of Desire in The Piano Teacher
One of the quietest, most unassuming moments in Michael Haneke’s disturbing drama serves as a microcosm of his themes of control and sexuality.
The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands
Mickey & Sylvia’s 1956 hit “Love Is Strange” injects a hint of lustful energy into a screen romance that is otherwise unsettlingly detached.
The Secret to Simone Signoret’s Staying Power
A politically engaged actor who refused to be commodified, this French icon showcased her piercing intelligence throughout four decades of unforgettable performances.
Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Harry Morgan
In Frank Borzage’s Southern Gothic noir Moonrise, the actor captures a heartbreaking mixture of love and fear with his deeply empathetic (and very brief) portrayal of a deaf-mute.
A Problem with Authority: Dušan Makavejev’s Art of Repulsion
Early in his boundary-pushing Sweet Movie, Serbian renegade Dušan Makavejev stages a pageant of visual grotesquerie that speaks to the luridness of our contemporary age.
The Joy and Pain of One Good Meal in Bicycle Thieves
The great Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke recalls what his first encounters with Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece taught him about the possibilities of cinematic realism.
The Funny Man with the Pardon: Billy Gilbert in His Girl Friday
The famously blustery comedy veteran transforms into a hilariously timid messenger in Howard Hawks’s fast-talking screwball masterpiece.
Uriah Heep Brings a Touch of the Uncool to Cold Water
With its irresistible momentum and sonic crunch, “Easy Livin’” occupies a special place in one of the most celebrated sequences in Olivier Assayas’s filmography.
How The Qatsi Trilogy Gave RaMell Ross a New Way of Seeing
The Oscar-nominated director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening finds an expansive political vision in the mind-altering work of Godfrey Reggio.
Too Close for Comfort: Theresa Russell in Bad Timing
A true acting iconoclast, Theresa Russell unleashes a torrent of emotion in this tale of sexual obsession, her first collaboration with the director Nicolas Roeg.
Morgan Neville Goes Through the Looking Glass with F for Fake
The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker unpacks the wild inventiveness of Orson Welles and the late-career masterpiece that inspired his own approach to his new movie They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead.
Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Wallace Ford
A haven for aging Hollywood actors, film noir had plenty of room for performers like Wallace Ford, who brought a hard-scrabble energy to the roles of has-beens and losers.
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Captures the Ache of Fleeting Friendships
The Scottish band Simple Minds took the Breakfast Club theme song to the top of the charts. But its success—and its plea for loyalty—couldn’t save the group from its ultimate demise.
What They Found: Our Contributors Share Their 2018 Discoveries
Oddities, rarities, and repertory discoveries . . . some of our favorite writers and artists share their film revelations of the past year.
The Birth of a Quiet Radical: John M. Stahl’s Silent Films
Long thought lost or unavailable, John M. Stahl’s early films highlight his mastery of melodrama, combining elegant framing with explosive emotions and a commitment to exploring women’s experience.
From Folk Ditty to Rally Anthem: Nashville’s “It Don’t Worry Me”
Performed by the late Barbara Harris, the final song in Robert Altman’s masterpiece is a provocative mix of genres and conflicting cultural resonances.
The Many Sides of James Agee
In honor of his birthday this week, four of our favorite writers—Michael Sragow, Charles Maland, Farran Smith Nehme, and Geoffrey O’Brien—take a close look at the style and influence of a great American movie critic.