Agee judged film as art, taking exception to the idea that it was a commercial product necessarily compromised by public whim.
Van Peebles shockingly illuminated a cultural gap between blacks and whites.
Corman’s mastery of the low-budget production has had a tremendous impact on independent filmmakers, documentarians and studios alike.
Kurosawa assimilated his knowledge of ancient Japanese traditions into a modern Western art form, influencing many writers and directors along the way.
As the industry’s focus shifted from cameraman to director, Porter defined the ideal of a master craftsman for such silent-era directors as D.W. Griffith and King Vidor.
A forgotten noir exposes a seedy true story from the Northwest’s most lovable town, ‘sin by sin,’ ‘shock by shock.’
Overlooked by the Academy but deeply appreciated by those in the know, WEST OF MEMPHIS, the fourth nonfiction film in the case of the so-called ‘West Memphis Three,’ builds a rich, new picture of judicial misconduct.
The first international star of the talkies, James Cagney smirked his way into the hearts of Depression audiences to become one of the most respected and beloved actors in cinema history.
The invention of the futuristic look of science fiction films, the introduction of shadowy westerns and the creation of a prodigious body of film noir standards: Fritz Lang’s influence can be felt far beyond his development of the German expressionist aesthetic.
Lillian Gish was hailed as the first serious movie actress, and her early shorts became training films for scores of actors making the transition from the theater.