Richard E. Grant was in a jolly mood when he stopped by our offices last month, and for good reason. After a more than three-decade career in the movies, which kicked off in 1986 with his unforgettable lead role as an unruly, unemployed alcoholic in the cult comedy Withnail and I, the beloved British actor was finally enjoying major Hollywood recognition thanks to a stellar supporting performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Riding the high of receiving his first Oscar nomination, he brought his beaming smile into our closet, where he bagged favorites that ran the gamut from devastating (Cries and Whispers) to delightful (Some Like It Hot). Before making off like a “thief in the night,” Grant snuck in a few hilarious impersonations of legendary actors—the chain-smoking Jeanne Moreau (who once bestowed a deep-voiced “I adore you” on him), the whimpering Dustin Hoffman of The Graduate—and made sure to scan the shelves for his one true love, la Streisand. Watch the video above for highlights from his visit.
Leslie Harris’s Closet Picks
With her groundbreaking debut film, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., now on the Criterion Channel, the director stopped by to talk about the movies that loom large in her personal canon.
John Sayles’s Closet Picks
During the production of our release of Matewan, the first Sayles film in the collection, the director paid us a visit and talked about some of his formative moviegoing experiences.