Journal

Essay

Delinquents

BY Ackbar Abbas

In Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong, disaffected youngsters embody historical promises unkept.

Essay

An End and a Beginning

BY Ariel Esteban Cayer

Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong captures the realities of Hong Kong’s marginalized people with immediacy and urgency.

Essay

The Future of the Past

BY Vivienne Chow

On Fruit Chan and Made in Hong Kong

Interview

Gardener’s Question Time:
Derek Jarman

BY Metrograph

Prior to a run of Jarman’s little-seen masterpiece The Garden at Metrograph theater last year, we uncovered this rare interview with the director from 1990 in the movie’s original press materials.

Essay

Merry Christmas, Mr. Woodcock

BY Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

On the holiday spirit of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread.

Essay

Chasing the Film Spirit

BY Tsai Ming-liang

The director of Goodbye, Dragon Inn recalls his relationship to cinema, on screen and off, in a piece that first appeared in Metrograph theater’s inaugural printed program in 2016.

Essay

Beyond Bronxspoitation

BY Kazembe Balagun

A look at Decade of Fire, a documentary that provides an essential community-driven narrative to the Bronx arson crisis of the 1970s.

Interview

Spike Lee

BY Jake Perlin

Spike Lee joined Metrograph in person during the 2016 presidential election to present two of his favorite films: Ace in the Hole and A Face in the Crowd.

Excerpt

An Excerpt from
Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks

BY Adam Nayman

In his new book, the critic examines Phantom Thread ’s luxurious, intricate weave of contradictions as part of a critical study of its subject’s overall body of work.

Interview

Oliver Laxe

BY Yonca Talu

The director talks about his powerfully meditative third feature, Fire Will Come, for which he returned to his roots to make.

Essay

Robert Kramer: Cinema/Politics/Community

BY David Fresko

With fellow travelers or on his own, the maverick filmmaker traversed national and formal boundaries to bring his radical politics to the screen.

Essay

Movie Prom Highs and Lows

BY Laura Kern

Docs like Midnight in Paris present joyful takes on the high-school tradition, while fiction films more often reveal another side.

Essay

Woof!: Making The Werewolf of Washington

BY Milton Moses Ginsberg

The long, bumpy road from crazy idea to the release of a definitive version nearly 50 years later, as told by the film’s writer/director.

Interview

Milton Moses Ginsberg

BY Steven Mears

The director of the satirical Watergate-era chiller The Werewolf of Washington considers the nexus of horror and politics, and recalls his attempt to exorcise personal and national demons
with his camera.

Essay

The Collective Creation of Christopher’s Movie Matinee

BY José Teodoro

How a director turned the reins of a documentary made at the height of the late ’60s counterculture movement over to a group of Toronto youth eager to tell their own story.

Essay

Roberta Cantow’s Intimate NYC Portraits

BY Nellie Killian

On the award-winning director’s short works Clotheslines and If This Ain’t Heaven, whose subjects of isolation and domestic chores feel extra prescient these lonely, housebound days.

Interview

Marie Rivière

BY Yonca Talu

The actress who worked closely with Éric Rohmer, and made her own film in tribute to him, reminisces about the unforgettable roles he provided her with—specifically in The Aviator’s Wife, Le Rayon Vert, and Autumn Tale—and the joys of their collaboration.

Interview

Mary Stephen

BY Aliza Ma

A life-spanning conversation with the Hong Kong-born filmmaker and long-time Éric Rohmer editor, co-composer—and friend, who, off the set, was welcomed into the Rohmer circle, engaging in discussions on life and film, much music, and even more tea-drinking.

Interview

Charlie Kaufman

BY David Ehrlich

The Oscar winner responsible for some of modern cinema’s most inventive and uncomfortable screenplays talks about the art of adaptation and getting a movie made, upon the release of his fourth feature as a writer/director, I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

Essay

ULRIKE OTTINGER IN SIX CONTRADICTIONS

BY Sam Bodrojan

On the vivacious films of New German Cinema’s most prominent female director, the subject of a recent retrospective at Metrograph theater, which is now carrying on digitally.

Essay

Oumou Sy: The Grande Dame of Senegalese Fashion

BY Alexandra Marshall

A look at the career of the fashion and costume designer whose contributions to Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Hyenas served to heighten the film’s exquisite beauty.

Interview

Moussa Sene Absa

BY Austin Dale

 The Dakar-based filmmaker and visual artist, who was a close friend of Djibril Diop Mambéty’s, talks about coming on as the assistant director during the troubled production of Hyenas.

Interview

Judy Irving

BY Yonca Talu

Dark Circle co-director Irving recounts the long journey of making a film on the history and aftereffects of nuclear energy and how her documentary subjects have grown more heartening since.

Interview

James Gray

BY Austin Dale

The director of Two Lovers spoke to Metrograph just prior to making an appearance at a Members-Only screening of his latest film Ad Astra this past September.

Interview

Michael Roemer

BY Melissa Lyde

The director, co-writer, and co-producer of Nothing But a Man talks about the inception of his groundbreaking 1964 debut feature, which is still finding the audience it deserves.

Video

About Stations of the Elevated

BY Manfred Kirchheimer

A 20-minute illustrated history of the production of the film, with director Manfred Kirchheimer, recorded for Oscilloscope Laboratories’ limited-edition DVD release.

Essay

St. Clair Bourne and Paul Robeson United

BY Violet Lucca

The cinematic intersection of two African-American pioneers yielded a pair of Robeson explorations, made by Bourne 30 years apart, and a doc that feels as if driven by Robeson’s guiding principles.

Video

“Stations” Locations

BY Manfred Kirchheimer

The NYC settings of Stations of the Elevated revisited by the film’s director. This video originally appeared as a bonus feature on Oscilloscope Laboratories’ DVD.

Introduction

Claire Denis Introduces L’Intrus

BY Claire Denis

Last April, Denis joined Metrograph theater to present two of her finest works. These are the words she shared prior to her 2004 film L’Intrus, which screened alongside No Fear, No Die.

Essay

Blood Work: A Reevaluation of Trouble Every Day

BY Melissa Anderson

Claire Denis’s often misunderstood Trouble Every Day only gets better with age, and, like all of Denis’s work, stays inside you long after viewing.

Essay

Improvisational Jamming: The Process and Production of Personal Problems

BY Nicholas Forster

A detailed look at the long, fascinating history of Bill Gunn‘s groundbreaking soap opera.

Interview

Alain Resnais

BY Philippe Labro

Resnais on the making of and motivations behind Je t’aime Je t’aime, which he insists is not science fiction, in an interview from 1968.

Essay

An Introduction to Duet for Cannibals, the Screenplay

BY Susan Sontag

Written New York in 1969, this intro appeared in the Noonday Original Screenplay edition, published in 1970 and now long out of print.

Essay

Jackson Heights on Screen

BY Laura Kern

A cinematic journey through the Queens neighborhood explored in Frederick Wiseman’s 2015 documentary, In Jackson Heights.

Interview

Frederick Wiseman

BY Eric Hynes

Frederick Wiseman talks about the evolution of his 50-plus-year career.

Interview

The Hyena’s Last Laugh: A Conversation with
Djibril Diop Mambéty

BY N. Frank Ukadike

The Senegalese master talks about making Hyenas and his plans for the future in a 1999 Transition 78 piece.

Essay

On Downtown 81

BY Amy Taubin

Edo Bertoglio’s vital and amazing document of the New York New Wave features Jean-Michel Basquiat and assorted cameos from important figures in the music world.

Interview, Video

Sontag / Varda: Lions and Cannibals

BY Jack Kroll

In 1969, Susan Sontag and Agnès Varda sat down together while promoting their films Duet for Cannibals and Lions Love.

Essay

Escaping Isolation with Éric Rohmer’s Summer Lovers

BY Austin Dale

The ultimate pleasure of Éric Rohmer’s movies in recent months? Little breaths of fresh country air.

Interview

Fruit Chan

BY Susanna T.

Chan talks about part one of his ”Handover Trilogy,“ Made in Hong Kong, in this talk that first appeared in Hong Kong Panorama 97-98.