Some people have called us “film school in a box,” but this is the real deal. The essential film school introductory textbook, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson’s Film Art: An Introduction, is coming out in its tenth edition in the summer, and will now use online examples drawn from films available as part of the Criterion Collection. Theirs was the first major textbook to be illustrated with actual frame grabs instead of publicity stills, and now those images will move. In the videos, intended for use by teachers and their students, Bordwell and Thompson explore key concepts in cinema—mise–en-scène, lighting, cinematography, sound, and editing—through examples from our films. Their examples are short and to the point, and we’ve included one about elliptical editing in Agnes Varda’s Vagabond below. We can’t think of a better way for new generations of cinephiles to discover the films available in the Criterion Collection than through the eyes of Bordwell and Thompson, who unlock the coded language of film, elucidate its techniques, and reveal how filmmakers use their tools to make meaning and tell stories. For a more thorough rundown, see Bordwell and Thompson’s blog post here.
A Born Editor: Remembering Françoise Bonnot (1939–2018)
The great French editor talks about growing up in the cutting room and how she became one of Costa-Gavras’s most trusted collaborators.
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.
A Weekend in Lynch Land
At a two-day festival in Brooklyn, David Lynch diehards got a chance to meditate, walk through their own Eraserhead experience, and hear from the master himself.
From the Tarkovsky Archives
On what would have been his eighty-sixth birthday, we’re celebrating Andrei Tarkvosky’s legacy with a look back at some of the essays and videos we’ve published on his work.