An eclectic time capsule of American film culture at the turn of the millennium, the landmark television program Split Screen celebrated its twentieth birthday earlier this year with a special Criterion Live! event, which we hosted in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and FilmStruck. For the occasion, series creator and host John Pierson took to the stage for a walk down memory lane with some of his esteemed guests and filmmaker collaborators—Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Miranda July, Chris Smith, Janet Pierson, Don Ward, and Dan Myrick—who recounted their work on some of the program’s best-loved episodes. One of the evening’s many highlights was a segment from the show’s ninth season, featuring Christopher Walken and Julian Schnabel testing out their culinary skills in a two-camera cooking show conceived by Walken himself. Find out how the two came to heat up the kitchen in the below clip, then head to the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck to enjoy the event in its entirety along with seven complete seasons of Split Screen.
Consuming the Cat: Brenda Lien Calls Out an Internet Fetish
In a short film now featured on the Criterion Channel, the German filmmaker interrogates our insatiable appetite for feline memes and what it says about our consumerist culture.
The Art of Lighting a Comedic Thriller
In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, Professor Kristin Thompson explores how Ernst Lubitsch’s satirical masterpiece To Be or Not to Be employs a venerable cinematographic technique: three-point lighting.