All About My Mother: Matriarchal Society
Of the many odes to motherhood in Pedro Almodóvar’s filmography, this Oscar-winning hit is the most exquisite exploration of maternal love’s all-consuming power.
Burt Lancaster: Body and Soul
Having mastered his imposing physicality early in his career, the legendary Hollywood actor later gravitated toward roles that allowed him to explore a rich, complicated inner life.
Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris
The filmmaker behind the short Good Intentions, now featured on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about the long and laborious process of bringing human complexity to her animated puppets.
Le petit soldat: The Awful Truth
One of the lesser-known films in Godard’s extraordinary run of 1960s masterpieces, this severe, angular thriller was the director’s first foray into the political territory that would prove so essential to his later work.
The Labyrinth and the Plague
The chaos of a rapidly changing world and a politically turbulent decade come into focus in a series of science-fiction films made in the 1970s, now playing on the Criterion Channel.
Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie
The arrival of sound proved an enormous challenge for the geniuses of silent comedy. But Harold Lloyd, with his unflappable determination, finally made a successful transition.
Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist
With a mixture of intuition, craft, and an endless curiosity about how cinema can be used to shock and provoke, the Spanish master left us with a rich body of work that stands as a testament to the power of surrealism.
Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic
How do you tell a story that seems to be over? The director of Marriage Story talks with us about the craft that goes into building a shared history and intimacy between characters whose relationship is already fractured.