Charlott Rampling and Andrew Haigh raid Criterion’s closetDecember 24, 2015
English director Andrew Haigh visited Criterion for a screening of his new film, 45 YEARS, and he was joined by his movie’s star, the exquisite Charlotte Rampling. The film, based on a short story by David Constantine, presents a quietly heartbreaking examination of a marriage under pressure, and pairs Rampling with fellow screen legend Tom Courtenay: the duo play a retired couple whose peaceful, stable life is rocked when they receive a bit of surprising news from the past. While the story might seem worlds away from WEEKEND, Haigh’s breakout 2011 drama about two young men whose one night stand develops into a love affair, the director’s affinity for intimate, delicately observed stories about the complexities of relationships is ever-present.
When Haigh and Rampling took a trip into the Criterion closet, their own charming closeness was clearly evident. The films they chose to talk about and take home are listed below.
THE NIGHT PORTER (Liliana Cavani, 1974)
A ROOM WITH A VIEW (James Ivory, 1986)
3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman
IF… (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)
IVAN’S CHILDHOOD (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962)
RATCATCHER (Lynne Ramsay, 1999)
WEEKEND (Andrew Haigh, 2011)
WATERSHIP DOWN (Martin Rosen, 1978)
BLACK NARCISSUS (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
BERGMAN ISLAND (Marie Nyreröd, 2006)
SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY (John Schlesinger, 1971)