When they starred together in The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1981, Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons were not yet the movie icons we know them as today. Though Streep had already won a best supporting actress Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer and Irons was a well-regarded stage and television actor, this major adaptation of John Fowles’s acclaimed best seller, directed by Karel Reisz—who’d cofounded the legendary Free Cinema movement in England in the fifties and whose Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was one of the most important films of the British New Wave of the sixties—gave them their first big-screen leading roles. In this excerpt from a new interview program on our release of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, out this week, Streep and Irons remember the late Reisz’s gentle but effective directing style.
This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
What goes into staging the perfect on-screen kiss? Director Sofia Coppola and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett look back on shooting a passionate make-out session in The Virgin Suicides.
“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man
Jim Jarmusch filmed Neil Young recording the score for his 1995 revisionist western. Watch a bit of the never-released footage here.
Discovering the Jazzy Sounds of Paul Whiteman
Musician Michael Feinstein talks about discovering Paul Whiteman, the wildly popular bandleader who stars in the early-Technicolor musical King of Jazz.
Playing with Color and Light in Women in Love
Cinematographer Billy Williams talks about his experience creating the lush images and expressive lighting in Ken Russell’s boldly stylized adaptation of Women in Love.
Fassbinder’s Anarchic Spin on a Classic Brecht Role
New German Cinema filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta shares her memories of working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the set of Volker Schlöndorf’s 1970 film Baal.