The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire
The first and most influential film adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi classic, this brilliantly imagined vision of apocalypse captured American anxieties at the height of the Cold War.
Form and Function: On the Object Lessons of Summer Hours
Separated from the domestic spaces they once inhabited, two glass vases and a mahogany desk settle into a caged museum life in Olivier Assayas’s deeply felt family portrait.
Read and See: Ales Adamovich and Literature out of Fire
In postwar Belarus, where documents were either inaccessible or had been destroyed, the cowriter of Come and See pioneered a new form of literature sourced from the nightmarish testimonies of survivors.
Alone in There: Marnie Ellen Hertzler on Dirt Daughter
The Baltimore-based filmmaker talks with us about her bold exploration of technology, sexuality, and loneliness, now playing on the Criterion Channel.
Tokyo Olympiad: The Wind Passing Through the Flagpoles
Kon Ichikawa aimed to show “the sweat” and “the pathos” of athletic ambition in this monumental documentary, the most extravagant Olympic film to date.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire: Daring to See
Art becomes a tool for remaking one’s world in this unforgettable depiction of lesbian love, a film that director Céline Sciamma has called “a manifesto about the female gaze.”
But I’m a Cheerleader Turns Twenty: Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall Reminisce on Their Cult Classic
The stars of Jamie Babbit’s conversion-therapy comedy talk about their on-screen chemistry and their decades-long friendship.
The Cameraman: Man with a Movie Camera
Buster Keaton struggled with higher-ups at MGM while making his last great film, which the studio would later hold up as a model of a perfectly constructed comedy.