David Gordon Green’s George Washington makes cinematic poetry out of the tricky art of voice-over narration. In this excerpt from our special edition’s commentary track, writer-director Green and actor Paul Schneider discuss the earthy beauty that fourteen-year-old Candace Evanofski brings to the film as Nasia, the narrator, the movie’s particular brand of voice-over, and the authenticity of the young actors’ performances.
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.