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.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.