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A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic

Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.

Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted

From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.

John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting

The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.

All About Mankiewicz

One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.

Charisma to Burn: Béatrice Dalle’s Incandescent Debut in Betty Blue

The young French actor didn’t require much direction for her first screen role. As the film’s director and cinematographer recall, she quickly proved herself to be a born star.

How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen

As the director explains to filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the love story at the heart of the Oscar-nominated drama Cold War has its roots in his own family history.

A Daytrippers Trio Looks Back on Their Indie Miracle

Director Greg Mottola reunites with two cast members of his debut feature—Liev Schreiber and Parker Posey—to reminisce about the joys and trials they experienced on the set of this shoestring marvel.

Them That Work

Drawing on his own background as a union-man, director John Sayles joined forces with producing partner Maggie Renzi to research a 1920 coal miners’ strike and bring it to the screen.

The Trove of Muhammad Ali Footage That Almost Went Unseen

Producer David Sonenberg charts the long road When We Were Kings, which ultimately won an Oscar for best documentary, had to travel to make it to the big screen.

A Peek Inside One of Our Biggest Collector’s Sets Ever

It’s a monster of an edition! Here’s what to expect from our fifteen-film Godzilla release, available on Blu-ray on October 29.

Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios

Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.

A Divine Transformation

Two of John Waters’ frequent collaborators detail the hard work that went into turning the director’s muse into a garishly outfitted suburban housewife.

Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch

Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.

Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism

Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.

A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties

Marco Bellocchio’s subversive debut feature, Fists in the Pocket, emerged out of a period of social unrest, taking aim at both bourgeois values and Catholic hypocrisy.

Behind the Wheel with Kiarostami

In this excerpt from a 1994 documentary, the Iranian master talks from the driver’s seat about the central role that love and friendship play in his work.

Ozu and Noda: Birds of a Feather

A new documentary by filmmaker Daniel Raim, featured on our release of The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, explores one of Japanese cinema’s most fruitful writer-director partnerships.

Donald Richie Uncovers Traces of a Lost Japan

In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.

A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen

Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.

How Roger Deakins Conjured the Dystopian Darkness of 1984

The Oscar-winning cinematographer recalls the “silver-tint” process that helped him create a palette strikingly close to black and white.

A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance

Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.

How Jane Fonda’s Feminist Awakening Collided with Klute

The Oscar-winning actor remembers how her heightened political consciousness in the early 1970s led to her initial hesitation to take on the leading role in Alan J. Pakula’s psychological thriller.

Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable

The acclaimed Polish director explains how her international breakthrough film, Europa Europa, was inspired by a desire to tell a different, less predictable kind of Holocaust story.

A Tolstoy Adaptation That Defies Gravity

Cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky talks about the innovative camera work that made some of War and Peace’s most ambitious sequences possible.