Our release of the spellbinding La Ciénaga marks not only the brilliant Lucrecia Martel’s entrance into the Criterion Collection but also our first title from the New Argentine Cinema. To get a better idea of the importance and finer aesthetic points of that movement—which exploded in the late 1990s and early 2000s with films by the likes of Pablo Trapero, Martín Rejtman, and, of course, Martel—we turned to Andrés Di Tella, director, writer, and founder of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. In this excerpt from our interview with him, Di Tella discusses the idiosyncratic realism of the filmmakers of the New Argentine Cinema, and Martel’s singular approach to cinematic space and language.
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.