In this ongoing series of videos, contemporary filmmakers talk to us about the movies that have had a lasting impact on their work.
Khalik Allah’s Closet Picks
The director of Black Mother shares stories about the movies that served as his film school and the artists who most inspire him, including Akira Kurosawa and Sven Nykvist.
Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With
A highlight at this year’s SXSW, the short film Dirty depicts a moment of sexual intimacy between two young men with a candor that’s still rare in American independent cinema.
Fassbinder and Kraftwerk: A Marriage Made in a New Germany
The iconic band’s 1976 song “Radio-Activity” finds a perfect home in the final episode of Berlin Alexanderplatz, providing a musical correlative to the film’s interrogation of national identity.
Claudine: A Happy Home
During a pivotal time for Black cinema, John Berry’s beautifully lived-in drama offered a portrait of an African American family that stood in opposition to a long history of harmful stereotypes.
When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier
In this sprawling interview, the veteran French journalist recounts the long, eccentric research journey behind his newly translated portrait of the writers who fueled American cinema in the thirties and forties.
The Lady Eve’s Long Road to High Definition
Preston Sturges’s screwball masterpiece is one of the most beloved Hollywood comedies of all time, but a lack of good film materials held up our recently released Blu-ray upgrade for years.