- Over at the BFI, Nathalie Morris recounts the trailblazing career of singer, actor, athlete, and activist Paul Robeson, “a true renaissance man who overcame racial prejudice to become one of the biggest stars of his time.”
- Greg Tate’s Village Voice cover story profiles another inspiring figure in African-American cinema, director Barry Jenkins, whose acclaimed new film Moonlight grapples with “Black male erotic repression and unconsummated desire in the face of bullying and familial breakdown.”
- The critics have spoken, and Moonlight is appearing at the top of many year-end best-of lists. Check out the results of the Indiewire and Village Voice polls, published this week.
- A new English translation of the works of Jean Louis Schefer “rectifies what was previously a serious gap in our knowledge of French film theory,” writes Benjamin Craes at MUBI.
- The latest issue of the online film journal Lola has arrived, and among the highlights are Laura Mulvey on Lola Montès, Yusef Sayed on Tony Conrad, and Girish Shambu on James Gray.
- Earlier this week, Wes Anderson announced the cast for his next film, a stop-motion ensemble comedy called Isle of Dogs.
- Actor and fashion muse Rossy de Palma speaks with the Film Stage about her collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar: “He knows very well what he wants, so all you need to do is give yourself to him.”
- In Fandor’s latest video essay, Leigh Singer explores the freeze frame as a “poignant gesture of yearning.”
- The New Republic revisits the 1982 documentary The Killing of America, a harrowing portrait of the nation’s gun obsession that has just been released for the first time on DVD.
- This week’s Film Comment podcast assesses the state of LGBTQ representation in contemporary film:
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.