Some of cinema’s most revered directors enjoyed extraordinary bursts of creative energy during their twilight years, delivering films that showcase a mastery of the craft they had honed over their long careers. This week on the Criterion Channel, our eight-film series Lions in Winter brings together an international selection of late-period works, including Wise Blood, John Huston’s powerful adaptation of the Flannery O’Connor novel; L’argent, Robert Bresson’s Cannes award–winning exploration of greed and corruption; and An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu’s tender domestic drama about the loneliness of an aging widower grappling with a rapidly changing world. Check out the series teaser below:
Alex Ross Perry Pays a Visit to Great American Iconoclast Paul Schrader
On the set of his latest film, First Reformed, writer-director Paul Schrader reflects on the art of cinema and his uncompromising explorations of sin, guilt, and faith.
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment
In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, scholar David Bordwell examines the deeply strange horror film Vampyr, which uses popular material as a springboard for innovations in mood and technique.