Winner of the award for best documentary short at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Nadav Kurtz’s Paraíso follows three Mexican immigrants who work as skyscraper-window washers in Chicago. Detailing the dangers they face while rappelling down some of the city’s tallest buildings, this inside look at a perilous profession sheds light on the risks that these workers face on a daily basis in order to support their families, as well as the strength and resilience with which they meet their challenges. In the below video, Kurtz discusses what he learned while making the film, which streams alongside another powerful portrait of immigrant life in America—Louis Malle’s 1986 . . . And the Pursuit of Happiness—in this week’s Short + Feature on the Criterion Channel.
John Schlesinger’s Cinema of Failures and Outcasts
A gay man in an age when homosexuality was against the law in his native Britain, the Oscar-winning director eschewed political statements in favor of compassionate portrayals of the human condition.
The Lurid Intensity of Shock Corridor’s Long Takes
In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, now playing on the Criterion Channel, Professor Jeff Smith breaks down the audacious style of one of Samuel Fuller’s most provocative works.