Film History

Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash’s layered, poetic, and timeless film garnered lavish praise when it came out in 1991. It has now been rereleased on its 25th anniversary,

By Sidney Lumet

The master director holds court, discussing his life in films.

The Lovers and the Despot

There’s no business like show business—with Kim Jong-il, and international intrigue, showbiz glamour, and a glimpse inside the deeply bonkers regime (and mind) of Dear Leader Kim.

Multiple Maniacs

Even after nearly half a century, the filth of Multiple Maniacs still holds up. While it is so low budget and amateurish, the film’s flaws are actually the best part of the viewing experience.

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny

The little cool filmmaker who could.

Café Society

For his latest, Woody Allen delivers a broad pastiche of the 1930s and a fairly affectionate portrait of Hollywood.

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

A testament to the power of fan culture and a celebration of its permanent place in the media landscape.

De Palma

Here, the acclaimed—and often maligned—director of Carrie, Dressed to Kill, and Scarface takes an honest, insightful, and often funny look at his path, a career that’s resulted in plenty of box office hits—but more than a few clunkers.

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is a big, luscious, gorgeous ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood—a certain kind of Hollywood, at any rate. It’s a work that is great and minor at the same time. It has a passable central plot while everything else around it, all of the moving parts, is wonderful and hysterically funny and often […]