As revealing as Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s The War Room is, there was even more happening behind the scenes of Bill Clinton’s 1992 election campaign that it doesn’t show. For instance, what was really going on with those unlikeliest of bedfellows, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Democratic and Republican political consultants, respectively, and romantic partners? In their 2008 sequel, Return of the War Room, available as a supplement on Criterion’s special edition of The War Room, Hegedus and Pennebaker got the two to open up about how it felt to be on opposite sides of a presidential campaign.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.