Guest programmer Julie Taymor—renowned for her Broadway-conquering production of “The Lion King” and films like FRIDA, TITUS, and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE—sat down with critic Michael Sragow to talk about the movies that have shaped her as an artist. In a wide-ranging discussion that touches on her formative years in Paris and Indonesia, Taymor reveals the differences between working in theater and film, her love of black-and-white cinematography, and why she prefers Fellini to Bergman. The films she has selected span countries and styles, but all demonstrate a fascination with theatricality, artifice, and performance that informs her unique way of seeing the world.
Directed by David Lean • 1946 • United Kingdom
Starring John Mills, Finlay Currie, Martita Hunt
One of the great translations of literature into film, David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS brings Charles Dickens’s masterpiece to robust on-screen life. Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham, and Estella populate...
Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1950 • Japan
Starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori
A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, RASHOMON is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accou...
Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1953 • Sweden
Starring Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson
Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in SAWDUST AND TINSEL, one of the master’s most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the g...