In a new supplement recorded in 2013 for the Criterion Collection, we catch up with Magda Vášáryová, who was a teenager when she played the title character in František Vlácil’s Czechoslovak New Wave landmark Marketa Lazarová. In this clip from that interview, the former actor (and current Slovakian political figure) talks about how she physically and emotionally prepared for her role as a young woman in the thirteenth century, and what it was like to work with Vlácil, who demanded a naturalistic performance—and a natural look.
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.
A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties
Marco Bellocchio’s subversive debut feature, Fists in the Pocket, emerged out of a period of social unrest, taking aim at both bourgeois values and Catholic hypocrisy.
Ozu and Noda: Birds of a Feather
A new documentary by filmmaker Daniel Raim, featured on our release of The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, explores one of Japanese cinema’s most fruitful writer-director partnerships.