A highly sophisticated look at sex, relationships, and loneliness, John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday was controversial when it was released in 1971, mainly as a result of the casualness with which it depicts intimacy between two members of the same gender. One side of the London-set film’s love triangle comprises a middle-aged male doctor (Peter Finch) and a young bisexual artist (Murray Head), who also happens to be carrying on an affair with a thirtysomething divorced woman (Glenda Jackson). At one point, the two men exchange an amorous kiss; by today’s standards, it is innocuous, but at the time, it caused quite a bit of discussion. In this clip from a new interview, Head (whose career has mainly been as a recording artist) charmingly recounts this tempest in a teapot.
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.