A Queens native committed to filming the outer boroughs of New York, Gray's career, while picking up steam recently, has produced only four features in 15 years. Each of his first three films is ostensibly a "crime picture" but at heart they are films of family, which proves Gray's work bears as much
A member of the legendary Cahiers quintet, Jacques Rivette was a critic before a filmmaker. Reading his early criticism, though, it’s clear he thought in images from the start, even in words, emphasizing closed complex circuits of mise-en-scene, the better to form meaning. However, he trains one ey
Kracauer was an astute observer of modern mass culture and developed methods for analyzing films, photography, advertising, urban planning and dance. His book "From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of German Film" helped lay the foundation for modern film criticism.