• Magic Carpet Ride

    By Lee Kline

    Of all the great places I get to go for transfer work, London is probably my favorite. First off, everyone speaks English, and there’s an abundance of great Indian food. But there’s also the excitement that when the workday ends, you end up at . . . Read more »

  • Cléo from 5 to 7: Passionate Time

    By Adrian Martin

    There have been many films, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) to Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002), devoted to the challenge of capturing or reconstituting the experience of “real time.” Agnès Varda’s 1961 Cléo from 5 to 7—an account of . . . Read more »

  • Vagabond: Freedom and Dirt

    By Chris Darke

    Funny how certain films come back to haunt you. I was a student in late 1980s London when I first saw Sans toit ni loi, and I remember liking everything about it. The terse English title Vagabond. The poster image of Sandrine Bonnaire with . . . Read more »

  • Le bonheur: Splendor in the Grass

    By Amy Taubin

    Few films have inspired as many wildly differing interpretations in the decades since their release as Agnès Varda’s 1964 Le bonheur (Happiness). Is it a pastoral? A social satire? A slap-down of de Gaulle–style family values? A lyrical . . . Read more »

  • Miss Julie: The Three Bergs

    By Peter Matthews

    When it comes to world cinema, Jonathan Rosenbaum has tartly observed, many American critics are strict isolationists. At least for national film industries judged too exotic or marginal, a rule of “one director per country” seems to apply. By . . . Read more »

  • Miss Julie: Fiery Gloom Onstage

    By Birgitta Steene

    For some writers, persona threatens to overshadow achievement. Such is the case with August Strindberg (1849–1912), best known outside of his native Sweden for his alleged misogyny and tumultuous family life. Married thrice and divorced from . . . Read more »

  • This Sporting Life: The Lonely Heart

    By Neil Sinyard

    Midway through David Storey’s novel This Sporting Life, published in 1960, the widow Mrs. Hammond tells the hero that her relationship with him is making her feel “dirty.” “I couldn’t think why she should say all this,” he muses, “and the . . . Read more »

  • La Pointe Courte:
    How Agnès Varda “Invented” the New Wave

    By Ginette Vincendeau

    In September 1997, I saw Agnès Varda introduce a brand-new 35 mm print of her first feature film, La Pointe Courte (made in 1954), to an admiring audience at Yale University. More astonishing than the luminous black-and-white images was Varda’s . . . Read more »

  • Eclipse Series 7:
    Postwar Kurosawa

    By Michael Koresky

    NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH: RECOVERY EFFORT As Japan was coming out of World War II, Akira Kurosawa was coming into his own as a filmmaker. And this was hardly a coincidence: though he had made a name for himself as a promising popular craftsman . . . Read more »

  • The Naked Prey: Into the Wild

    By Michael Atkinson

    Certainly one of the wildest, most original, and most instinctive movie stars turned auteurs in the Hollywood annals, Cornel Wilde made procedurals of uncivilized survival, in a visual syntax that ranges from comic-strip splat to outright gut . . . Read more »

  • Lipp Service

    By Abbey Lustgarten

    From upstairs at the Brasserie Lipp in Paris, you have a perfect view of the Café de Flore, directly across the boulevard Saint-Germain. Both are famous Left Bank institutions where filmmakers such as Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Claude . . . Read more »

  • Designing Berlin Alexanderplatz

    By Eric Skillman

    Appropriately for Fassbinder’s fifteen-hour masterpiece, the process of coming up with a design for Berlin Alexanderplatz was epic. With a monumental film like this, there’s obviously no shortage of possible concepts, but the biggest challenge . . . Read more »

  • Final Cut

    By Kim Hendrickson

    We’ve received a number of letters recently inquiring about the various versions of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor. I’ve been immersed in the film for several months now and wanted to clarify a few misconceptions. When I started working . . . Read more »