If you’ve seen Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, or virtually any other film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, you know that he is enamored of ornate tracking shots. So it’s no surprise that he’s a fan of Max Ophuls, often identified as cinema’s preeminent practitioner of this craft. Anderson contributed an introduction to Ophuls and his visual flourishes to our special edition of Ophuls’s The Earrings of Madame de . . . . In this two-and-a-half-minute clip from that supplement, he looks at the film’s first shot, with its gorgeous, psychologically motivated camera work. Wedded to the charisma of star Danielle Darrieux, the camera, Anderson says ”moves with her eyes.”
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.
How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen
As the director explains to filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the love story at the heart of the Oscar-nominated drama Cold War has its roots in his own family history.