Critic and filmmaker Paul Schrader has long cited the work of the great French director Robert Bresson as being hugely important to him. In this excerpt from his introduction to the Criterion release of Bresson’s Pickpocket, Schrader calls the movie “the most influential film in my creative life” and explains how his obsession with the ethereal crime tale led to his writing Taxi Driver.
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama
Despite its cloistered setting, The Heiress is filled with moments of visual ingenuity and exquisite camera work that take viewers inside its heroine’s psychology.
What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind
One of today’s top action-comedy directors, Edgar Wright, breaks down the elements of the Hong Kong superstar’s charisma and how it has transcended cultural boundaries.