JOURNAL

Essay

Woof!: Making The Werewolf of Washington

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

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.

Discussion, Introduction

Deliberating
Puppet Show & Mayday

In August, writers Price and Haslett joined us for a screening of two short works made in 1970 in support of the Black Panther Party’s New Haven chapter. This is a transcription of their illuminating intro and conversation.

Essay

The Collective Creation of Christopher’s Movie Matinee

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

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

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

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, Video

Charlie Kaufman

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.

Interview

Moussa Sene Absa

 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.

Essay

Oumou Sy: The Grande Dame of Senegalese Fashion

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.

Essay

Ulrike Ottinger in Six Contradictions

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.

Interview

Judy Irving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview

Alain Resnais

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

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

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

Interview

Frederick Wiseman

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

Interview

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

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

Essay

On Downtown 81

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

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

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

Interview

Fruit Chan

Fruit Chan talks about his sophomore feature, Made in Hong Kong, in this interview that first appeared in Hong Kong Panorama 97-98.