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10 Things I Learned: The Color of Pomegranates
10 Things I Learned: The Color of Pomegranates

Did you know director Sergei Parajanov also created many of the costumes for this visually spectacular masterpiece? Producer Curtis Tsui digs into this and other fascinating facts about the making of the long-hard-to-see film.

10 Things I Learned: Rumble Fish
10 Things I Learned: Rumble Fish

Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the S. E. Hinton novel is one of the director’s most deeply personal, with a pair of central characters that echo his relationship with his older brother.

By Curtis Tsui


Apr 26, 2017
10 Things I Learned: Rumble Fish

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Rumble Fish

1. Before Rumble Fish became a novel, S. E. Hinton wrote an early version of it as a short story, which was published in 1968 in the University of Tulsa literary magazine, Nimrod. Two details were inspired by her pets: the…

By Curtis Tsui

On Film
Apr 26, 2017
10 Things I Learned: Black Girl

By Curtis Tsui


Jan 26, 2017
10 Things I Learned: Black Girl
10 Things I Learned: Black Girl

3. Having received a scholarship to the Gorky Film Institute, Sembène studied film from 1962 to 1963 in the Soviet Union under the tutelage of director Mark Donskoy (The Childhood of Maxim Gorky) and derived much of his knack for creating po…

A Tribute to Michael Cimino
A Tribute to Michael Cimino

In honor of the director, we look back at his quintessentially American narratives.

10 Things I Learned: A Brighter Summer Day
10 Things I Learned: A Brighter Summer Day

Before filming his Taiwanese epic, which was based on the real-life murder of a teenage girl by a classmate, Edward Yang studied engineering in the United States and was convinced to become a filmmaker after a chance viewing of Aguirre: The Wrath of

10 Things I Learned: A Brighter Summer Day
10 Things I Learned: A Brighter Summer Day

1. This week, we’re proud to release our long-awaited 4K restoration of Edward Yang’s 1991 masterpiece A Brighter Summer Day. Long unavailable on home video in the United States, this incomparable work of Taiwanese cinema is now…

10 Things I Learned: The Big Chill
10 Things I Learned: The Big Chill

We take a closer look at writer-director Lawrence Kasdan’s film exploring the experience of cold adult reality after leaving the “warm embrace” of true friendship during college.

10 Things I Learned: Red River
10 Things I Learned: Red River

Among our discoveries was that John Wayne’s groundbreaking performance in the film so impressed director John Ford that he is said to have remarked, “I never knew the big son of a bitch could act.”

10 Things I Learned: Thief
10 Things I Learned: Thief

Filmmaker Michael Mann conceived his visually distinctive film as a maze of cityscapes that its main character, Frank, navigates like a rat.

10 Things I Learned: The Tin Drum
10 Things I Learned: Heaven’s Gate
10 Things I Learned: Harold and Maude
10 Things I Learned: Godzilla

By Curtis Tsui


Feb 24, 2012
Peter Yates, 1928–2011

I was deeply saddened by today’s news of the passing of Peter Yates, whom I had the honor to meet while producing Criterion’s DVD for his great seventies crime picture The Friends of Eddie Coyle. His death marks the loss of a warm, generous indiv…

By Curtis Tsui


Jan 10, 2011
A Visit to James Mangold’s Office
A Visit to James Mangold’s Office

If you’ve read Faber & Faber’s 1998 publication of the Sweet Smell of Success screenplay, you already know from the book’s afterword that director James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted; Walk the Line) studied under the late filmmaker Alexander Macke

Cop 223 Gets Lucky
Cop 223 Gets Lucky

Okay, quiz time. What does the music video for Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” have to do with the Criterion Collection? Give up? Well, it was shot by none other than ace director of photography Christopher Doyle, whose work is being brought

Mann Crush
Mann Crush

Sometimes it’s pretty tough for me to divorce my inner fanboy from the (probably unrealistic) ideal of a business-only, detached producer. One such moment was when I saw that Anthony Mann’s The Furies was a part of our Paramount deal. I think the…