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Great Directors Hitchcock at War

Hitchcock, clearly not a man afraid to go to war

Our resident film historian David Parkinson looks at Hitchcock’s cinematic contribution to World War Two, and finds that the Master of Suspense was unfairly maligned.

Great Directors Paul Schrader in Conversation

Paul Schrader

To celebrate writer-director Paul Schrader’s 64th birthday, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue presents an extract from Schrader on Schrader.

Great Directors Douglas Sirk on A Time to Love and a Time to Die

Faber & Faber

To mark the 52nd anniversary of the release of Douglas Sirk’s A Time to Love and a Time to Die, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue presents the director’s thoughts on the movie.

Great Directors Film Is Images: Todd Haynes on Safe

Todd Haynes

To mark the 15th anniversary of the release of Todd Haynes’ Safe, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue presents a conversation between Haynes and writer-director Oren Moverman on the film.

Great Directors Sibling Cinema: The Lumière brothers and the Dawn of Film

Auguste and Louis Lumière

On the 115th anniversary of the first screening of Auguste and Louis Lumière’s films L'arroseur arrosé and Repas de bébé, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue examines the brothers’ contribution to cinema and includes an extract from Letters: Auguste and Louis Lumière – Inventing the Cinema.

Great Directors Lars Von Trier's Europa Manifesto

Faber & Faber

On the 19th anniversary of the release of Lars Von Trier’s Europa, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue presents the director’s manifesto for the movie.

Great Directors Prodigal Directors Come Home

Stealing Beauty

A Serious Man is the first movie in which the Coen brothers come back to the Minneapolis suburbs where they grew up. To coincide with the release of the film, FilmInFocus’ resident film historian David Parkinson examines a selection of pivotal movies made by auteurs returning home.

Great Directors | A Serious Man The Coen Brothers: From Blood to Burn, and back again

Miller's Crossing

Nick Dawson maps out the elusive career of the Coen brothers as they attempt to visit every genre under the sun.

Great Directors Prodigal Directors Come Home: Part 4 of 4

Andrzej Wajda

In the final part of his article, David Parkinson looks at Andrzej Wajda's A Chronicle of Amorous Incidents, Louis Malle's Au Revoir les Enfants, Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and Paul Verhoeven's Black Book.

Great Directors Prodigal Directors Come Home: Part 3 of 4

Fritz Lang

David Parkinson moves on to consider Fritz Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr Mabuse, Luis Buñuel's Viridiana, Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy and Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander.

Great Directors Prodigal Directors Come Home: Part 2 of 4

Max Ophüls

FilmInFocus’ resident film historian David Parkinson examines a selection of pivotal movies made by auteurs returning home, and next turns his attention to Max Ophüls' La Ronde, Jean Renoir's French Cancan and Douglas Sirk's A Time to Love and a Time to Die.

Great Directors Prodigal Directors Come Home: Part 1 of 4

Sergei Eisenstein

FilmInFocus’ resident film historian David Parkinson examines a selection of pivotal movies made by auteurs returning home, and first looks at Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, Fred Zinnemann's The Search, and Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair.

Great Directors Clint Eastwood Talks Directors

Eastwood directs

In honor of Clint Eastwood, who turns 79 this Sunday, Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue considers his recently ended acting career and listens to Eastwood’s talk about his favorite directors.

Great Directors The Sky Over Berlin: Wim Wenders and Wings of Desire

Wim Wenders

21 years after its release in the US, Walter Donohue looks back at Wim Wenders’ classic Wings of Desire and excerpts part of Wenders’ The Act of Seeing: Essays and Conversations to reveal the director’s creative process on the film.