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.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.