Journal

Essays

Essay

Why Look at Cats?

BY Isabel Ochoa Gold

A look into movies that star felines and the cultural space they have occupied over the last century.

Essay

The Life of an Artist is Not For the Pusillanimous

BY Toussaint Jeanlouis

Reacting to jazz-like lyricism of Bill Gunn’s Black Picture Show.

Essay

Black Picture Show in Context

BY Soyica Colbert

An examination of what Bill Gunn’s play meant at the time of its initial release, and how to understand both its recent incarnation and where it fits in the history of Black art.

Interviews

Interview

Stephanie Hayes

BY Yonca Talu

The spellbinding lead of Slow Machine talks about bringing to life the character of a capricious actress, a role tailor-made for her.

Interview

Laurie Anderson

BY Chloe Lizotte

The one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary artist and narrator of Sisters with Transistors talks about the women at the heart of that film, her earliest video pieces, and her newest adventures in AI.

Interview

Agnès Godard

BY Yonca Talu

Claire Denis’s longtime DP talks about filming the beautifully mysterious, Faulkner-inspired L’Intrus in picturesque locales from France’s Jura Mountains to the Polynesian Islands.

Q&As

Q&A

Jim Jarmusch

BY Metrograph

Following a screening of The Dead Don’t Die at Metrograph in June 2019, the director discussed the origins of the film, teenagers, environmentalism, and working with actors.

Q&A

On Chulas Fronteras & Del Mero Corazón

BY Metrograph

Editor Maureen Gosling, a co-director of Del Mero Corazón and a longtime collaborator of Les Blank, and Harrod Blank, who oversaw the restoration of the films, joined Argot Pictures’s Jim Browne for an in-theater chat in June 2019.

Q&A

Barbara Hammer in Conversation with Carmel Curtis

BY Carmel Curtis

The pioneering experimental filmmaker joined Metrograph in late 2017 for an extensive Q&A.

Videos

Video

The Aviator’s Wife Q&A

BY Metrograph

Director Matías Piñeiro, actress Marie Rivière, and frequent Éric Rohmer editor Mary Stephen joined Metrograph last fall for a discussion about Rohmer’s film.

Video

A Love Letter to Japanese Cinema
From Wes Anderson

BY Molly Gillis

A visualization of a 2018 conversation that took place at Metrograph, where Anderson detailed his appreciation for Kurosawa and Miyazaki, how his fondness of their films grew and shifted, and how their work influenced his own.

Video

Conversation About The French between Gerald Marzorati & Doug Stark

BY Metrograph

As part of the release weekend of The French, tennis writer and author of Seeing Serena Gerald Marzorati talked to the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Doug Stark.

Excerpts

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.

Excerpt

Up and Down the Ladder: Excerpt from an Unpublished Manuscript c. 1933

BY Francis Ford

In an excerpt from his unpublished memoir about his time in Hollywood, actor Francis Ford describes working in early cinema, a period when audiences hadn’t fully grasped the differences between screen and reality.