Chantal Akerman, 1968–1978: The Weight of Being
In the first ten years of her extraordinary career, the Belgian filmmaker used the raw materials of quotidian, marginal lives to spark a radical reinvention of cinema.
The Wet Dreams and Twisted Politics of Erotic Thrillers
Combining elements of soft-core porn and film noir, one of the most popular Hollywood genres of the 1980s and ’90s captured the fraught aspirationalism and sexual mores of the era.
Decolonizing Australian Cinema: A Conversation with Warwick Thornton
The director of Samson and Delilah and Sweet Country discusses his formative artistic encounters, his eclectic professional background, and on-screen Indigenous representation.
An Enigma Made Flesh: Delphine Seyrig in Golden Eighties
In her last significant film role, the art-house icon reveals an emotional vulnerability previously hidden by her ethereal persona.
Working Memory: A Conversation with Sophy Romvari
With a collection of her films now available on the Criterion Channel, the director behind Still Processing discusses the radically personal nature of her work.
Alphabet Soup: A Conversation with Topaz Jones and rubberband.
The filmmakers behind Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma talk about finding inspiration in the Black ABCs, an 1970s educational resource that gave Black students a letter chart reflective of their experiences.
Mothers and Daughters: A Conversation with Mariana Saffon
The director of the award-winning short Between You and Milagros, now playing on the Criterion Channel, talks about her personal connection to the film’s portrait of tense familial bonds.
Lessons in Liberation: Ephraim Asili on the Films That Shaped Him
The director of The Inheritance discusses a series he has curated for the Criterion Channel, which spotlights radical films that inspire him and disrupt the status quo.
Céline and Julie Go Boating: State of Play
Drawing on influences ranging from classic Hollywood to cartoons, Jacques Rivette’s uncategorizable masterpiece plunges viewers into a world shaped by the friendship and imagination shared by two soul sisters.