Barry Levinson’s Closet Picks

Inside Criterion / Closet Picks — Jun 11, 2017

Writer, producer, and director Barry Levinson has long been one of America’s most versatile and prolific filmmakers. He made his screenwriting breakthrough in the late 1970s with Mel Brooks’s Silent Movie and High Anxiety and Norman Jewison’s . . . And Justice for All. Since debuting as a director in 1982, with the hugely influential Diner, the first of his autobiographical “Baltimore movies,” he has won acclaim for deftly combining comedy and drama, with career highlights in every decade, including late-eighties hits Good Morning, Vietnam and the Best Picture Oscar winner Rain Man, and, in the nineties, Bugsy and Wag the Dog. More recently his work has taken new and unexpected directions, including documentaries such as The Band That Wouldn’t Die, for ESPN’s 30 for 30, found-footage horror in The Bay, and his inventive biographical drama for HBO, You Don’t Know Jack, which won Al Pacino an Emmy for his portrayal of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Ahead of the premiere of his acclaimed HBO film The Wizard of Lies, which explores the family drama behind the Bernie Madoff scandal, Levinson took a trip inside our closet, where he spoke with us about old favorites such as Spartacus, Dont Look Back, and Jules and Jim.