In this video, contemporary cinema’s preeminent monster lover, Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone), tells us about his passion for the original Godzilla, a film that is more serious and poignant than most may realize. Del Toro’s latest effort, Pacific Rim, which opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide, was inspired by Ishiro Honda’s proto-mega-beast movie—the creatures in it are even called kaiju, after the Japanese giant-monster genre.
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.