We love talking to Mexican horror auteur Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) about movies; he’s among the most knowledgeable, passionate, and articulate cinephiles we know. We were particularly intrigued to hear his take on Martin Rosen’s 1978 animated film Watership Down, which he adores. In this excerpt from a fascinating longer interview on our special edition release of the film, available this week, del Toro tells us about first seeing Watership Down as a young teenager and experiencing the revelation that animated films could engage with adult issues and big social and political ideas.
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.