Senegalese master Ousmane Sembène was already a celebrated novelist before becoming a filmmaker. His decision to direct was fueled by his recognition of cinema as a “political tool,” one that could rally the masses against a depicted social injustice, and reach audiences that a book, which depends on the literacy of its potential readers, could not.
Sembène was, to his very last days, a stalwart Marxist. His understanding of class conflict germinated while he worked on the docks in France during the forties. In 1950, he joined the French Communist Party.
10 Things I Learned: Visions of Eight
The producer of our edition of this ambitious omnibus film about the 1972 Munich Olympic Games details how its dynamic group of international directors came to be involved with the project.
10 Things I Learned: Memories of Murder
The producer of our edition of this unnerving procedural shares details about director Bong Joon Ho’s approach to visual style, his commitment to verisimilitude, and the lengths to which actor Kim Sang Kyung went in order to portray his character.
10 Things I Learned: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
This portrait of the legendary singer-songwriter on tour in 1975 was nearly a decade in the making. The producer of our just-released edition takes a close look at the special period in Dylan’s career that the film captures.
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