No one beats the Grim Reaper at his own game. In a deathly double feature premiering tomorrow on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, you’ll see him facing off against some wildly different opponents: first, the chess-playing, God-questioning medieval knight (Max von Sydow) in Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece The Seventh Seal, then the pair of clueless Valley boys (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) in Pete Hewitt’s sublimely stupid sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Traveling from heaven to hell, from highbrow to lowbrow, this final entry in the Channel’s monthlong celebration of Bergman’s hundredth birthday—in which we’ve paired some of his greatest works with films that bear their influence—shows us just how long of a shadow the Swedish master cast on the world of cinema. Above, check out our new trailer, created by Jonathan Keogh.
“You Don’t Win, You Survive”: A Guide to Charles Burnett’s Shorter Films
Some of the LA Rebellion icon’s most politically and emotionally resonant stories can be found in his small-scale works, which have long stood in the shadow of his feature films.
How Jérémy Comte’s Oscar-Nominated Fauve Conjures the Nightmare of Boyhood
The director of this award-winning short film speaks with us about tapping into his childhood fears and fine-tuning the story’s white-knuckle atmosphere.
A Great LA Auteur Gets Candid in a New Documentary Profile
Legendary independent filmmaker Charles Burnett joins fellow pioneer Robert Townsend for a walking tour of South Central Los Angeles, where Burnett’s most acclaimed movies were shot.