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.
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.
How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen
As the director explains to filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the love story at the heart of the Oscar-nominated drama Cold War has its roots in his own family history.