It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that Overlord features some of the most unbelievable images in the entire Criterion Collection. This is because of the way director Stuart Cooper integrated archival footage from World War II battles into his fictional narrative that follows a British soldier from basic training to D-day. From aerial fights to devastation on the ground, this material is brilliantly interwoven and always intensely dramatic. In this clip from the 2007 documentary Mining the Archive, featured on our release of the film, Anne Fleming and Roger Smith of the Imperial War Museum Film and Photo Archives describe Cooper’s seamless use of the footage and share some fascinating details about how it was shot and where it came from.
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.