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.
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.
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.