In the following rare production footage, Roman Polanski directs a scene from his visceral, breathtaking 1971 film version of Macbeth. The particularly challenging set piece he is creating depicts the crucial moment when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill, realizing one of the three witches’ prophesies. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the details of large-scale filmmaking. This is an excerpt from a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon, which can be seen in its entirety on Criterion’s edition of Macbeth.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.
Charisma to Burn: Béatrice Dalle’s Incandescent Debut in Betty Blue
The young French actor didn’t require much direction for her first screen role. As the film’s director and cinematographer recall, she quickly proved herself to be a born star.
How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen
As the director explains to filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the love story at the heart of the Oscar-nominated drama Cold War has its roots in his own family history.