The Film Comment Podcast: The Classical
James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, which opened last Friday, charts a course into the jungle alongside a character in search of transcendence. Shot on gorgeous 35mm and masterfully structured, it crafts a fittingly sublime cinematic texture to evoke its protagonist’s quest. It’s not uncommon to come across criticism identifying Gray as a “classicist,” but what exactly does “classical cinema” mean? This question guides the conversation in this week’s episode of the Film Comment podcast, featuring Kent Jones, critic, filmmaker, and Director of the New York Film Festival; and Michael Koresky, the Director of Editorial and Creative Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, who conducted a feature-length interview with Gray for our March/April issue. The discussion, moderated by FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca, touches on the nuances of the word “classical,” the evolution of film grammar, the intersection of art and commerce, and other entries in Gray’s singular body of work.