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.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.
Charisma to Burn: Béatrice Dalle’s Incandescent Debut in Betty Blue
The young French actor didn’t require much direction for her first screen role. As the film’s director and cinematographer recall, she quickly proved herself to be a born star.