Margarethe von Trotta Found Her Cinema Gateway in The Seventh Seal
The great German director reflects on her first experience with Ingmar Bergman’s classic meditation on mortality, a film that opened her eyes to the possibilities of cinema.
What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema
The Oscar-winning director of La La Land explains how an early encounter with À nos amours taught him to mix spontaneity and surprise into his own highly stylized worlds.
Joachim Trier Grapples with the Fractured Time of Don’t Look Now
The acclaimed Norwegian filmmaker talks about Nicolas Roeg’s richly suggestive, nonlinear approach to time in his masterpiece Don't Look Now.
Chloé Zhao Discovers Uncharted Territory in The New World
The award-winning director of The Rider explores the deep respect for nature and subjective human experience in Terrence Malick’s masterful vision of early seventeenth-century America.
David Lowery’s Career-Long Kinship with George Washington
The director behind one of the most acclaimed films of the year, A Ghost Story, explains how David Gordon Green’s poetic vision of adolescence opened his eyes to the possibilities of cinema.
Steve James Explores the American Tapestry of Nashville
The veteran documentary filmmaker behind Hoop Dreams and the recently released Abacus: Small Enough to Jail discusses the ways in which Robert Altman’s masterpiece combines epic scope with intimate detail.
Anna Biller Celebrates Jacques Demy’s Candy-Colored Darkness
Back in the fall, writer-director Anna Biller traveled to New York from Los Angeles for the theatrical premiere of her third feature, The Love Witch, a subversive horror-fantasy about a spell-casting temptress who falls prey to the psychosis of roman…
How Mike Mills Found His Personal Xanax in Ermanno Olmi
Earlier this month, director Mike Mills paid a visit to New York in support of his third narrative feature, 20th Century Women, a deeply personal coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy growing up in Carter-era Southern California with his single moth…
What Wong Kar-wai Taught Barry Jenkins About Longing
In the first installment of our new video series Under the Influence, the Moonlight director waxes rhapsodic about Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love.