The idea that Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have an uncanny ability to get right on top of the action in a scene without their camera’s ever feeling intrusive—to actors or viewers—is a common refrain in discussions of the Belgian directors’ electrifying cinema. In this clip from an interview on our new special edition of La promesse, two of the Dardennes’ recurring stars, Olivier Gourmet (also in Rosetta and The Son) and Jérémie Renier (also in L'enfant, Lorna’s Silence, and The Kid with a Bike), discuss the brothers’ distinct brand of realism and what it’s like on the front lines of their sets, where, as Gourmet says, “the camera is another actor.” The experience on La promesse was particularly important for Renier, who was making his debut at age fourteen.
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The Real-Life Rage That Fueled Lee Grant in In the Heat of the Night
In this excerpt from a new interview, the actor talks about how she channeled her political anger in the role of a distraught widow in Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning crime drama.
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Elaine May populated her gangster-film masterpiece with acting heavyweights who could bring spontaneity to their roles. Critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey talk about her approach to performance in this clip.
How Hitchcock Pulled off a Shot for the Ages
Award-winning cinematographer John Bailey discusses the complications that Alfred Hitchcock faced trying to execute one of the most ambitious shots in his filmography.