Holy cow—the pope is a Criterion fan and he doesn’t even know it. As reported in Entertainment Weekly, during Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States last week, the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia screened three films of which His Holiness has spoken fondly, and all three are titles in the collection: Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City, Federico Fellini’s La strada, and Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast. They’re not all necessarily films about religious faith, but, says the theater’s program director, “what’s evident is the realism and the focus on the working class and the human condition.”
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.
From the Tarkovsky Archives
On what would have been his eighty-sixth birthday, we’re celebrating Andrei Tarkvosky’s legacy with a look back at some of the essays and videos we’ve published on his work.