A sprawling, sweeping period romance that plays out over the course of fifteen years and across several national borders, Cold War is also, for acclaimed filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski, a highly personal work. His own parents’ marriage served as Pawlikowski’s primary inspiration for the breathtakingly photographed, Oscar-nominated film, in which a conductor and a singer fall madly in love, only to find themselves repeatedly torn apart by the Iron Curtain, as well as their own strong wills. Among the supplements on our new edition of the movie is a conversation between Pawlikowski and fellow filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu in which the Cold War writer-director opens up about his experience of his parents’ tempestuous relationship. In the above excerpt, Pawlikowski discusses his emotional identification with his often-feuding mother and father, and his adherence to Jean Renoir’s humanist dictum of “Everyone has their reasons” in translating their story into a film that refuses to privilege one lovers’ perspective over the other’s.
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.