In this five-minute excerpt from our new hour-long documentary Toil and Trouble: Making “Macbeth,” director Roman Polanski talks about the freedom adapting Shakespeare allows a filmmaker, and his unusual choice to cast young, physically attractive actors in the main roles. Then, a few of the film’s participants remember the late Jon Finch, the charismatic actor who played the title character.
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.