Today, we’re celebrating the release on Blu-ray and DVD of Les Blank’s legendary Leon Russell music documentary A Poem Is a Naked Person. And while we’re on the topic of fascinating nonfiction filmmaking, we’re also taking a look at a new list of essential documentary films published in last weekend’s Observer. The UK-based publication has interviewed ten of the genre’s leading filmmakers—among them, for instance, Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing, and Waste Land’s Lucy Walker—and asked them to share what they love about their favorite documentary features. The result is a diverse variety of films that highlight some of most affecting works of the last century, including: Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-up, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, Errol Morris’s Gates of Heaven and The Thin Blue Line, Wim Wenders’s Pina, Steve James’s Hoop Dreams, and the brilliant documentary work of Agnès Varda.
A Weekend in Lynch Land
At a two-day festival in Brooklyn, David Lynch diehards got a chance to meditate, walk through their own Eraserhead experience, and hear from the master himself.
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.
From the Pasolini Archives
On the anniversary of his birth, we look back on the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the most radical figures of Italian cinema.
Words of Wisdom from This Year’s DGA Nominees
With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we gathered some highlights from an in-depth conversation with five of this year’s most-lauded directors.