The erudite, drawing-room milieu of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan is worlds away from the virile, anything-goes atmospheres of the independent horror movies made by Troma Films. Yet the two came together, ever so briefly, when Stillman cast his friend the colorful cult icon Lloyd Kaufman (director of such trashy epics as The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet) in one scene of his film, as a somewhat sleazy record producer. Stillman ultimately recast the part—the character is meant to be a bit threatening, while Kaufman comes across as funny and affable. But you can see Kaufman’s (rather winning, we think) performance below in a series of outtakes from the scene, accompanied by a commentary track by Stillman.
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.