A Half-Century of Friendship with Finnish Renaissance Man Jörn Donner
The prolific writer and filmmaker passed earlier this year, leaving behind an enduring legacy that has shaped Finland’s cultural scene.
Miloš Forman, the Openhearted Nonconformist
Boasting the longest, most versatile career of any Czechoslovak New Waver, the late master made films mixed with deep compassion and an antiauthoritarian spirit.
Memories of Taboo-Buster Dušan Makavejev
One of the most audacious voices to emerge from Tito’s Yugoslavia, the late director had a genius for smuggling incendiary ideas into freewheeling satires.
The One and Only Saul Turell
On what would have been Saul Turell’s ninety-seventh birthday, Peter Cowie celebrates the man who was the beating heart behind Janus Films.
Critic Peter Cowie pays tribute to a quintessentially English master, whose prolific career stretches back to the silent era.
Talking Welles With the Great Jeanne Moreau
During a 2006 meeting with the author, French New Wave icon Jeanne Moreau reminisced about working with Orson Welles, Louis Malle, and François Truffaut, and her turn to acting as a means of eluding the “destiny of a regular girl.”
Listening With Ray Dolby
Ray Dolby did not match the conventional image of an eccentric inventor, nor that of a business mogul. But his name now represents a benchmark by which the recording of sound and its playback on disc and in movie theaters is judged.
William Becker (1927–2015), Mentor, Host, Friend
In his latest column, Peter Cowie reflects on his friendship with our beloved cofounder.
Meeting a Music Master, Erik Nordgren
The composer is credited with scoring eleven films for Bergman—among them Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), Wild Strawberries (1957), and The Magician (1958)—the last being The Virgin Spring (1960), with its evocative use of medieval instruments.
The Brilliant Careers of Sven Nykvist and Gunnar Fischer
The author recalls the two great cinematographers and their work.
Richard Corliss (1944–2015), a Passionate Critic
A well-deserved profusion of obituaries has reported in detail the achievements of Richard Corliss as a film journalist.
Letters from Truffaut
The author recalls his encounters and correspondence with the filmmaker.
Sam Fuller in Scotland
In person, Sam was a blunt-nosed nonconformist, small of stature but forever leading with his Cuban cigar.
A Moment with Jacques Tati
The author recalls meeting the filmmaker in a Swedish hotel in the ’70s.
Lindsay Anderson's Singular Path
The author recalls his meetings and correspondence with the uncompromisingly independent British director.
The Fierce Candor of Bibi Andersson
The author recalls his encounters with the great Swedish actress.
The Curious Alain Resnais
The author shares his memories of the French filmmaker, who died on Saturday.
A Tour of the Taj With Satyajit Ray
The author’s encounters with the great Indian filmmaker.
Otto Preminger, His Way
The author’s colorful interactions with the famously crusty filmmaker.
Wajda, Man of Courage and Vigor
The author describes his interactions with the great Polish filmmaker.