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What Inspired Claudia Weill to Make a Different Kind of Friendship Movie
What Inspired Claudia Weill to Make a Different Kind of Friendship Movie

The director of the landmark independent movie Girlfriends recalls her journey to fiction filmmaking and her desire to go against the grain of women-driven storytelling.

Games of Vision in Street of Shame
Games of Vision in Street of Shame

Professor David Bordwell unpacks the sophisticated design of Kenji Mizoguchi’s final masterpiece.

The Versatile Artistry of Japan’s Most Revered Cinematographer
The Versatile Artistry of Japan’s Most Revered Cinematographer

Acclaimed DP John Bailey delves into the extraordinary career of one of the towering figures of golden-age Japanese cinema.

How to Implicate an Audience
How to Implicate an Audience

Michael Haneke explains the strategy and inspiration behind his fourth-wall-breaking tricks in the brutal thriller Funny Games.

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Terry Gilliam’s Closet Picks
Terry Gilliam’s Closet Picks

While in town for the release of his new movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the legendary filmmaker stopped by to pick up some Criterion favorites.

William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama

Despite its cloistered setting, The Heiress is filled with moments of visual ingenuity and exquisite camera work that take viewers inside its heroine’s psychology.

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How Sam Smith Finds Inspiration in the History of Poster Art

Studio Visits

How Sam Smith Finds Inspiration in the History of Poster Art

The longtime Criterion collaborator behind our covers for Japón, House, and Modern Times combines his love for film and design in his vividly colorful artwork.

A Cinematic Hub at the Heart of Music City

Art-House America

A Cinematic Hub at the Heart of Music City

For the latest episode of Art-House America, now streaming on the Criterion Channel, we paid a visit to Nashville to meet the fine people behind the Belcourt Theatre.

What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind
What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind

One of today’s top action-comedy directors, Edgar Wright, breaks down the elements of the Hong Kong superstar’s charisma and how it has transcended cultural boundaries.

Questioning the American Dream in Kelly Reichardt’s Cinema
Questioning the American Dream in Kelly Reichardt’s Cinema

A featured director on the Criterion Channel, Reichardt talks with critic April Wolfe about how the personal emerges from the political in her collaborations with writing partner Jon Raymond.

Beak>’s Top 10
Beak>’s Top 10

The acclaimed band’s three members each choose a selection of favorites, with an emphasis on movies that have haunted them since childhood.


Gillian Armstrong on Dismantling Men’s Fantasies of Women
Gillian Armstrong on Dismantling Men’s Fantasies of Women

With her feature debut, My Brilliant Career, the Australian director sought to challenge a long history of female stereotypes on-screen.

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The Revolutionary Subjectivity of Memories of Underdevelopment
The Revolutionary Subjectivity of Memories of Underdevelopment

A new episode of Observations on Film Art examines how this landmark of Cuban cinema takes viewers deep inside its protagonist’s mind.

On the Road with Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg
On the Road with Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg

In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of A Face in the Crowd, author Ron Briley recounts the research that shaped the film’s insights on politics and media.

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Euzhan Palcy’s Closet Picks
Euzhan Palcy’s Closet Picks

The trailblazing director of A Dry White Season reminisces about her childhood love of Hitchcock, the kindness that François Truffaut showed her, and a Brazilian classic that changed her life.

Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s May Lineup
Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s May Lineup

Check out what’s in store next month on our new streaming service!

“You Don’t Win, You Survive”: A Guide to Charles Burnett’s Shorter Films
“You Don’t Win, You Survive”: A Guide to Charles Burnett’s Shorter Films

Some of the LA Rebellion icon’s most politically and emotionally resonant stories can be found in his small-scale works, which have long stood in the shadow of his feature films.

How Jérémy Comte’s Oscar-Nominated Fauve Conjures the Nightmare of Boyhood
How Jérémy Comte’s Oscar-Nominated Fauve Conjures the Nightmare of Boyhood

The director of this award-winning short film speaks with us about tapping into his childhood fears and fine-tuning the story’s white-knuckle atmosphere.

Harnessing the Entropy of Diamonds of the Night in One Static Image
Harnessing the Entropy of Diamonds of the Night in One Static Image

The artist Sterling Hundley details his multilayered approach to evoking the slipperiness of time and memory for the cover art of Jan Němec’s war film.

A Great LA Auteur Gets Candid in a New Documentary Profile
A Great LA Auteur Gets Candid in a New Documentary Profile

Legendary independent filmmaker Charles Burnett joins fellow pioneer Robert Townsend for a walking tour of South Central Los Angeles, where Burnett’s most acclaimed movies were shot.

A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight
A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight

In this excerpt from an interview on the edition of Diamonds of the Night, film programmer Irena Kovarova talks about the work of one of director Jan Němec’s key collaborators, Ester Krumbachová.

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Michael Imperioli’s Top 10
Michael Imperioli’s Top 10

The Emmy-winning actor, best known for his work on The Sopranos, shares his list of Criterion favorites, lavishing special attention on three masterpieces by John Cassavetes.


How Julie Taymor Found a Zest for Life in Cinema
How Julie Taymor Found a Zest for Life in Cinema

The acclaimed stage and screen director joins us for the latest installment of Adventures in Moviegoing, our guest-curator program on the Criterion Channel.

Sofia Coppola Revisits Her Childhood Memories of Bugsy Malone
Sofia Coppola Revisits Her Childhood Memories of Bugsy Malone

The director celebrates Alan Parker’s delightful musical gangster comedy and some of her favorite moments in it.