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How Hitchcock Pulled off a Shot for the Ages
How Hitchcock Pulled off a Shot for the Ages

Award-winning cinematographer John Bailey discusses the complications that Alfred Hitchcock faced trying to execute one of the most ambitious shots in his filmography.

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A World-Cinema Master Gives the World One Last Look
A World-Cinema Master Gives the World One Last Look

After his father’s death in 2016, Ahmad Kiarostami helped complete the conceptually daring meditation on image-making the great Iranian director had been working on for the last five years of his life.

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The Key Moment: Drawing a New Look for Notorious
The Key Moment: Drawing a New Look for Notorious

The artist behind our new cover for Hitchcock’s spy-noir masterwork remembers falling in love with the film as a child and walks through the process of illustrating one of its most iconic scenes.

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

See if you can guess what we have coming up in 2019.

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s Top 10
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Top 10

The Oscar-winning director of Ida and Cold War walks through key periods in his life that have been shaped by his favorite films, including masterpieces by Godard, Malick, and Tarkovsky.


Diving into the Nitty-Gritty of Film Conservation in Kolkata
Diving into the Nitty-Gritty of Film Conservation in Kolkata

Members of the Criterion tech team headed to India last month to teach some practical skills in moving-image conservation at the Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop.

Euzhan Palcy Remembers Brando’s Nerves on the Set of A Dry White Season
Euzhan Palcy Remembers Brando’s Nerves on the Set of A Dry White Season

Marlon Brando hadn’t been in a movie in almost a decade when he took on his Oscar-nominated role in A Dry White Season. The film’s director talks about the pleasures of collaborating with the legendary actor.

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Barbara Stanwyck’s Last Great Film Role
Barbara Stanwyck’s Last Great Film Role

After three decades in the industry, Hollywood icon Barbara Stanwyck delivered one of her fiercest performances in Samuel Fuller’s western Forty Guns.

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Angela Rizza Conjures Magic with The Princess Bride

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Angela Rizza Conjures Magic with The Princess Bride

Known for her lush and imaginative children’s-book illustrations, the artist got her dream assignment when we asked her to work on our edition of Rob Reiner’s beloved classic.

​Jon Dieringer’s Top 10
​Jon Dieringer’s Top 10

The founder of the website Screen Slate picks a selection of favorites, including an ’80s indie gem, shockers ranging from Eraserhead to Canoa, and two films that capture the “twilit feeling of childhood.”


Alice Rohrwacher’s Top 10
Alice Rohrwacher’s Top 10

The Cannes-prize-winning director of The Wonders and Happy as Lazzaro shares the films that inspire her, including works that allow her to “participate in true genius.”


Long Live the Spirit of FilmStruck
Long Live the Spirit of FilmStruck

The lights may go out at midnight, but we will still be carrying the torch.

A New Restoration Brings Detour Back to the Big Screen
A New Restoration Brings Detour Back to the Big Screen

Long available only in substandard public-domain prints, Edgar G. Ulmer’s noir masterpiece looks better than ever in the new restoration opening at New York’s Film Forum this week.

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The Power of Flashbacks in Julien Duvivier’s Lydia
The Power of Flashbacks in Julien Duvivier’s Lydia

David Bordwell briefly traces the history of nonlinear storytelling through the lens of this great French melodrama from the 1940s.

The “Very Unusual” Fashion Show at the Heart of True Stories
The “Very Unusual” Fashion Show at the Heart of True Stories

In this video, artist Adelle Lutz and director David Byrne discuss the weird and wonderful outfits in a particularly outrageous set piece in the film.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot
Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot

A costume designer can make characters come alive. In this new interview, two historians explore how Orry-Kelly’s gowns helped Marilyn Monroe embody one of her finest roles.

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Guillermo del Toro Plunges into the Gothic Horror of The Night of the Hunter
Guillermo del Toro Plunges into the Gothic Horror of The Night of the Hunter

In this video, the Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water explains how the mix of terror and lyricism in Charles Laughton’s masterpiece went on to influence his own style.

Eva Dahlbeck, a “Battleship of Femininity”

Ingmar’s Actors

Eva Dahlbeck, a “Battleship of Femininity”

This diva of the screen brought a touch of elegance and no-nonsense wit to her roles in Waiting Women, Smiles of a Summer Night, and other Bergman gems.

The Looming Gravitas of Max von Sydow

Ingmar’s Actors

The Looming Gravitas of Max von Sydow

Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie explores how the great actor’s authoritative screen presence allowed him to embody the director’s fears and ideals.

The Eerie Intensity of Ingrid Thulin

Ingmar’s Actors

The Eerie Intensity of Ingrid Thulin

A performer of great psychological force and control, Ingrid Thulin embodied some of Ingmar Bergman’s darkest obsessions with her intimidating screen presence.

Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson, Sisters in the Art

Ingmar’s Actors

Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson, Sisters in the Art

The powerhouse actors at the center of Persona became two of Ingmar Bergman’s most essential collaborators, bringing a remarkable emotional range to their performances.

New, Independent Criterion Channel to Launch Spring 2019
New, Independent Criterion Channel to Launch Spring 2019

If you loved the adventurous curated programming we’ve been doing with our friends at FilmStruck, we have good news for you.

Ali Abbasi’s Top 10
Ali Abbasi’s Top 10

It’s no surprise that the director of the wildly unpredictable Border, Sweden’s entry for the best foreign-language film Oscar, has a soft spot for renegades like Pasolini, Buñuel, and Lynch.