Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night would seem to have all the earmarks of the great Hollywood genre the screwball comedy, but the jury has long been out on whether it can be classified that way, as it was released in 1934, a couple of years before the concept was really established. For our new release of the film, we turned to the quick-witted duo of critics Molly Haskell and Phillip Lopate for a snappy “she said, he said” discussion of the matter. Here’s an excerpt from that highly entertaining conversation.
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
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.