A potent combination of faux-documentary and horror-film techniques, Felipe Cazals’s 1976 Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines the brutal killings that occurred in 1968 in San Miguel Canoa, where villagers attacked a group of visiting university employees who were alleged to be communist revolutionaries by a despotic local priest. This controversial critique of political hysteria, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, galvanized a generation of directors with an unflinching candor that was rarely seen in Mexican cinema at the time. In this video, featured on our newly released edition, Guillermo del Toro explains Canoa’s enduring significance, highlighting its meticulously constructed screenplay and taboo-busting depictions of religious orthodoxy.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.