Of the many qualities that distinguish Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, one that immediately stands out is the glistening black-and-white cinematography. By choosing to shoot in monochrome, Baumbach, with the help of director of photography Sam Levy, makes New York City—and in one memorable visit, Paris—both romantic and gritty, vibrant and melancholy. In this excerpt from an interview on our new special edition of the film, filmmaker and author Peter Bogdanovich and Baumbach discuss the artistic and practical advantages of black and white, and Baumbach talks about shooting digitally for the first time.
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
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.