In spite of Melvin Van Peebles’s well-earned reputation for being a provocateur and a disrupter, he was also known for his kindness and generosity toward others. Over the course of working on the Essential Films box set, I observed two recurring themes when people talked about Van Peebles: (1) his accessibility (his number was listed in the White Pages), and (2) his willingness to offer guidance and support to those who needed it.
10 Things I Learned: Visions of Eight
The producer of our edition of this ambitious omnibus film about the 1972 Munich Olympic Games details how its dynamic group of international directors came to be involved with the project.
10 Things I Learned: Memories of Murder
The producer of our edition of this unnerving procedural shares details about director Bong Joon Ho’s approach to visual style, his commitment to verisimilitude, and the lengths to which actor Kim Sang Kyung went in order to portray his character.
10 Things I Learned: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
This portrait of the legendary singer-songwriter on tour in 1975 was nearly a decade in the making. The producer of our just-released edition takes a close look at the special period in Dylan’s career that the film captures.
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