On the High Wire with Kirk Douglas
The late actor exuded a feverish intensity on-screen that few stars in golden-age Hollywood could match. But in one lesser-known performance, he reveals a tenderness that cut against his persona.
Near the Beginning of Until the End of the World
A key collaborator on Wim Wenders’ sci-fi magnum opus, Michael Almereyda shares a personal reflection written while the film was still taking shape in the editing room.
Wim Wenders: “Between Me and the World”
Wim Wenders’s road movies, Michael Almereyda writes, are “at once minimal and romantic, austere and lyrical,” focusing on questions—of individuals and society, culture and nature—that Wenders has returned to throughout his career.
Let there be no trouble, no pranks . . . Do you realize the enormity of our moral responsibility? —Headmaster in Zéro de conduite There is nothing in the history of movies that mirrors or matches the achievement of Jean Vigo. His four films can be…
The Bad Sleep Well: Shakespeare’s Ghost
Akira Kurosawa died in September of 1998, a month before I began shooting a humble, contemporary version of Hamlet set in Manhattan and filmed on Super 16mm. Another A. K.—Aki Kaurismaki—provided a more provocative influence with his Hamlet Goes …