What if critics chose which films got made? Such was the bracing—or hair-raising, your pick—reality at Japan's independent Art Theatre Guild in the '60s and early '70s. The vital distributor blossomed just as big studios were wilting despite their notorious homegrown New Wave. Initially a funnel for the burgeoning Western art house, ATG began co-funding productions selected by a critic-led committee, and their hands-off policy welcomed homeless talent with vision to spare. Shohei Imamura's imploding... More >>>