In her quest for romantic connection, the protagonist of Claire Denis’s searching, slyly funny Let the Sunshine In—Parisian painter Isabelle (Juliette Binoche)—finds herself falling in with a series of hopelessly self-involved men: an oleaginous (and married) banker, an elegant (but mostly unavailable) gallerist, and a smooth-talking (and shamelessly manipulative) psychic, to name just a few of them. As she explains in the video above, taken from a supplement on our brand-new release of the film, Denis wanted to ensure she got to the core of each man’s individual foibles, and here casting became essential. For these supporting roles, the director chose performers with whom she was already well acquainted—and who she knew wouldn’t be shy about appearing foolish. Denis’s producer wanted Gérard Depardieu to play the banker, but she demurred, instead casting the younger, more reactive Xavier Beauvois, a friend and fellow writer-director, in the part, and letting Depardieu command the film’s clever closing scene as the seductive seer. Stay tuned to the end of the clip to hear why Denis chose longtime collaborator Alex Descas to personify Isabelle’s aloof art-world pseudo-suitor.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama
Despite its cloistered setting, The Heiress is filled with moments of visual ingenuity and exquisite camera work that take viewers inside its heroine’s psychology.