In this ongoing series of videos, contemporary filmmakers talk to us about the movies that have had a lasting impact on their work.
Parasite: Notes from the Underground
In his tension-filled, black-comic Oscar winner, Bong Joon Ho masterfully mixes tones and subverts genres in order to shine a harsh light on the mechanisms that maintain class inequality.
10 Things I Learned: The Gunfighter
The producer of our edition of Henry King’s brooding western shares interesting facts he uncovered about the veteran director’s career, the origin of the film’s protagonist, and a Bob Dylan song inspired by its story line.
Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With
A highlight at this year’s SXSW, the short film Dirty depicts a moment of sexual intimacy between two young men with a candor that’s still rare in American independent cinema.
Fassbinder and Kraftwerk: A Marriage Made in a New Germany
The iconic band’s 1976 song “Radio-Activity” finds a perfect home in the final episode of Berlin Alexanderplatz, providing a musical correlative to the film’s interrogation of national identity.
Claudine: A Happy Home
During a pivotal time for Black cinema, John Berry’s beautifully lived-in drama offered a portrait of an African American family that stood in opposition to a long history of harmful stereotypes.
When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier
In this sprawling interview, the veteran French journalist recounts the long, eccentric research journey behind his newly translated portrait of the writers who fueled American cinema in the thirties and forties.