With Police Story (1985) and Police Story 2 (1988), two anarchic, awe-inspiring action-comedies he directed, stunt-choreographed, and starred in, Jackie Chan bulldozed his way to movie immortality. The films’ intrepid, inventive stunt work might be what most catches the eye (and drops the jaw), but Chan’s inimitable screen presence—a career-defining combination of qualities he first perfected in Police Story and its immediate sequel—is a no less important part of their appeal. In the above excerpt from a supplement on our new dual Police Story edition, one of today’s foremost action-comedy directors, Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), pays tribute to Chan’s irresistible embodiment of Hong Kong cop Ka-kui. Superhuman in his fearless acrobatics and tireless athleticism, this iconic hero nonetheless also fights from a defensive posture, and displays the comic haplessness and rumpled good looks of a wholly disarming everyman. As Wright observes here, Chan’s buoyant expressiveness stood in stark contrast to the stoicism of not only his predecessors, chief among them Bruce Lee, but also Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name three of his fellow global action stars of the eighties.
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.