January 2020

Single Take: Lynne Sachs on Jean-Luc Godard

Having just completed her new film, the director reflects on the decades-long impact Godard has had on her creative process, recalling first-time viewings of Vivre Sa Vie, Notre Musique, and others.

September 2019

Single Take: Patrick Wang on “A Borrowed Life”

The director of A Bread Factory describes watching what would become his favorite film, Wu Nien-jen’s A Borrowed Life, at the Musuem of the Moving Image in Queens, and the conversation it inspired with fellow filmgoers on the subway ride home.

January 2019

Single Take: Dane Komljen on “My Own Private Idaho”

The director of All the Cities of the North recalls watching Gus Van Sant's beguiling drama as a young boy, on a borrowed VHS tape, while his country was descending into war.

October 2018

Single Take: Antonio Mendez Esparza on “The Earrings of Madame De…”

The award-winning director of Life and Nothing More remembers watching Max Ophul's haunting masterwork in Andrew Sarris' film class.

June 2018

Single Take: João Dumans on the short films of Jem Cohen

The co-director of Araby recounts the magic atmosphere that surrounded the screening of Jem Cohen's short films at the Belo Horizonte Short Film Festival in Brazil.

Single Take: Affonso Uchôa on “Yaaba”

The co-director of Araby recalls a particularly transformative moment for him and his non-professional cast while watching Idriss Ouédraogo's Yaaba at a theater in Belo Horizonte.

March 2018

Single Take: Sadaf Foroughi on “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

The writer-director of the upcoming Ava recalls watching a banned copy of the Mike Nichols drama as a young girl during the Iran-Iraq war.

October 2017

Single Take: Kleber Mendonça Filho on “Prince of Darkness”

The director of Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius on discovering a John Carpenter classic at the Art-Palacio cinema, an old movie palace in Recife.

September 2017

Single Take: Wheeler Winston Dixon on “Four Nights of a Dreamer”

The author of "A Short History of Film" shares his love of a lesser-seen Bresson masterpiece he first watched at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

October 2016

Single Take: Charlie Lyne on “Love and Other Drugs”

The director of Fear Itself on how the Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway starrer he saw one rainy afternoon at the Ritzy Theatre in Brixton changed his relationship to cinema.