Jean-Jacques Beineix’s vibrant art-house sensation Betty Blue (1986) introduced to the world, in twenty-one-year-old Béatrice Dalle, an extraordinary new acting talent. Fully inhabiting the warmth, sexiness, and increasingly violent self-destructiveness of the title character, whose stormy love affair with an aspiring writer forms the movie’s beating heart, Dalle made the most of her screen debut, galvanizing Beineix’s tragic romance with her live-wire presence; the performance proved the start of a long career that has included collaborations with Jim Jarmusch, Claire Denis, and Michael Haneke. In the video above, excerpted from one of several supplements on our new edition of Betty Blue, Dalle herself remembers Beineix and cinematographer Jean-François Robin noticing the way she looked at her own reflection in the camera monitor, and remarking that it was yet another sign of her emergent star qualities. Also in the clip, Beineix and Robin discuss the effortlessness—and emotional intensity—with which the actor stepped into her role. “She was completely fresh and radiant in front of the camera,” Robin says here. “She was totally spontaneous.”
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.