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.
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.
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The young French actor didn’t require much direction for her first screen role. As the film’s director and cinematographer recall, she quickly proved herself to be a born star.
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A Daytrippers Trio Looks Back on Their Indie Miracle
Director Greg Mottola reunites with two cast members of his debut feature—Liev Schreiber and Parker Posey—to reminisce about the joys and trials they experienced on the set of this shoestring marvel.