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Lucrecia Martel’s Closet Picks
Lucrecia Martel’s Closet Picks

The Argentine master behind such enigmatic, formally audacious films as Zama and La Ciénaga reveals her love of genre cinema.

Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water
Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water

Olivier Assayas revived the spirit of the 1970s in one of cinema’s most evocative party sequences, which serves as the centerpiece of his acclaimed 1994 film.

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Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life
Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life

Visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass offers a glimpse into the complex process of creating the film’s majestic vision of the cosmos.

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Inside Katarzyna Gondek’s Grown-Up Fairy Tales
Inside Katarzyna Gondek’s Grown-Up Fairy Tales

Stretched between beauty and horror, Polish director Katarzyna Gondek’s work uncovers magic lurking at the edges of everyday life.

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How Comedy Maestro Paul Feig Got Serious
How Comedy Maestro Paul Feig Got Serious

The director of Bridesmaids didn’t have much love for drama as a young moviegoer. It was Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation that turned him around.

Undressing Souls in Scenes from a Marriage
Undressing Souls in Scenes from a Marriage

What does it take for actors to be completely vulnerable with each other? Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson reflect on the close friendship that informed their work in one of Ingmar Bergman’s most ambitious dramas.

10 Things I Learned: Memories of Underdevelopment
10 Things I Learned: Memories of Underdevelopment

The producers behind our edition of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s masterpiece share stories they discovered from researching the film and the turbulent political climate that inspired it.

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The Breakthrough That Put Cuban Cinema on the Map
The Breakthrough That Put Cuban Cinema on the Map

By posing provocative questions about revolutionary politics, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea brought Cuban filmmaking onto the international stage.

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Jeremiah Zagar’s Top 10

The director of We the Animals picks his Criterion favorites, including two crime classics that represent the kind of movie he dreams of making.


Slipping Through the Cracks of Time in The Long Day Closes
Slipping Through the Cracks of Time in The Long Day Closes

British master Terence Davies makes evocative use of dissolves to create a slippery narrative structure driven by emotion and memory.

A Time Capsule of a Gritty, Long-Gone New York
A Time Capsule of a Gritty, Long-Gone New York

The director and the star of Smithereens reminisce about how their landmark film immortalized the mean streets and crumbling buildings of 1980s downtown New York.

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How Edward James Olmos Brought a New Historical Authenticity to the Western
How Edward James Olmos Brought a New Historical Authenticity to the Western

The star and producer of The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez made a trailblazing intervention in an iconically American genre, creating an indelible portrait of a Latino American hero.

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What Damien Chazelle Learned from Vérité
What Damien Chazelle Learned from Vérité

The Oscar-winning director talks about drawing inspiration from the intimacy and naturalism of the documentary masterpiece Chronicle of a Summer.

Richard Haines Gets Messy with Tom Jones

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Richard Haines Gets Messy with Tom Jones

When we asked the beloved fashion illustrator to work on our cover for Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones, he delivered a playful look that matches the film’s modern sensibility.

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Claire Denis’s Closet Picks
Claire Denis’s Closet Picks

The great French director talks about her formative experiences with the work of Carl Theodor Dreyer and gets wistful about Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika.

Mira Nair’s Guide to the Collection
Mira Nair’s Guide to the Collection

The writer-director of Monsoon Wedding and Salaam Bombay! takes us through an eclectic mix of favorite films, including works by Jane Campion, Lars von Trier, and Satyajit Ray.

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An Experiment in Handheld CinemaScope
An Experiment in Handheld CinemaScope

“Master of light” Robby Müller, who passed away earlier this month, delivered some of his most daringly stylized work in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves.