Lawrence Kasdan has had quite an impressive career in Hollywood, moving from cowriting blockbusters like The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark to writing and directing his own, more personal films. In this excerpt from a new interview recorded for Criterion, Kasdan talks about his positive experiences in the studio system, and how working on what he calls “high-quality mass entertainment” allowed him to move on to darker, more dramatic territory, as he did with The Big Chill.
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.