Filmmaker Videos


Watch: Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia vs. the Original


In his latest video essay, Kevin B. Lee places the original 1997 Insomnia (directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg) on the left and Christopher Nolan’s 2002 Hollywood remake on the right. Juxtaposing the same sequence, Lee textually annotates the many differences in tempo, shot…  Read more


Watch: Diametric Composition in Two Days, One Night

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Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are consistently lauded for their naturalistic brand of social realist dramas, but this video essay from Marshall Shaffer digs a little deeper, putting forth Two Days, One Night as an argument for the brothers’ masterful (and largely undiscussed) use of…  Read more


Watch: Jafar Panahi Speaks in Favor of the Iran Deal


Jafar Panahi has succeeded in making three features since being sentenced from filmmaking for 20 years, and now he’s contributed a brief video statement to We Support Iran Deal, a self-described group of “Iran’s pro-democracy & human rights activists, prominent…  Read more


Watch: Mel Brooks on Working with Orson Welles

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In this short interview snippet, Mel Brooks holds forth about his experience working with Orson Welles on History of the World, Part I. What did Welles intend to spend his fee on? 100 Cuban cigars and Sevruga caviur – not Beluga,…  Read more