The Movies That Inspire Alan Cumming

Inside Criterion / On the Channel — Jul 22, 2019


In the latest installment of the Criterion Channel’s ongoing series Adventures in Moviegoing, Tony-winning actor, LGBTQ-rights activist, and overall irrepressible talent Alan Cumming takes center stage, sitting down with our own Peter Becker for a revealing and delightful conversation about the movies that have mattered most to him. With his trademark wit on full display, the star of stage and screen pays tribute to the sly trickery of Orson Welles’s F for Fake, the appropriately mystical depiction of his native Scotland in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s I Know Where I’m Going!, and the sheer power of Charlie Chaplin’s final appeal to the audience in The Great Dictator. For a sampling of Cumming’s comments on these films and more, check out the teaser above. And then head over to the Channel to take in the full conversation, and to peruse the impeccable seven-film series he has curated for us, including David Lean’s Brief Encounter and Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude, in addition to the three aforementioned titles.