Sloane Crosley’s Top 10
Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times best-selling essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, and the novel The Clasp.
The Lush Technicolor of Black Narcissus
At the height of their creative powers, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger delivered a feast of color with this captivating convent drama. Scholar Kristin Thompson explores the magic of their visual artistry.
2 or 3 Things I Know About Godzilla
A lifelong movie collector remembers the thrill of discovering the granddaddy of all monsters on Super 8.
Tavi Gevinson’s Closet Picks
While browsing our collection, the editor, actor, and fashion maven shared some stories of movie love, including one about how Broadcast News played a part in her college applications.
“The Most Naturally Gifted American Filmmaker,” According to Adam Gopnik
The acclaimed New Yorker writer recalls the Frank Capra retrospective that turned him into a lifelong cinephile.
This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
What goes into staging the perfect on-screen kiss? Director Sofia Coppola and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett look back on shooting a passionate make-out session in The Virgin Suicides.
The Year They Canceled Cannes
A new series on the Criterion Channel looks back at the political turmoil that brought down the 1968 Cannes Film Festival.
10 Things I Learned: The Color of Pomegranates
Did you know director Sergei Parajanov also created many of the costumes for this visually spectacular masterpiece? Producer Curtis Tsui digs into this and other fascinating facts about the making of the long-hard-to-see film.
Resident Horror: A Conversation with Caroline Monnet and Daniel Watchorn
Drawing on a wide range of influences—from Dreyer to American Horror Story—two Canadian filmmakers use genre conventions to reimagine a tale of real-life injustice.
David Bordwell Shows How Eisenstein Broke the Rules of the Biopic
Painting, dance, and “expressive movement” are key influences that informed one of Sergei Eisenstein’s most underappreciated displays of formal experimentation.
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Sebastián Lelio’s Top 10
The Oscar-winning Chilean filmmaker picks favorites that highlight his love of intense performances, extreme stylization, and explosive emotions.
Barry Jenkins Puts a Spotlight on Ruby Dee and Black Power
The Oscar-winning director of Moonlight unearths a largely unknown dispatch from the front lines of the Black Power movement: a searing drama cowritten and coproduced by star Ruby Dee.
Big Changes to My Criterion
Heads-up: My Criterion is going offline temporarily at the end of the month. We’ll let you know when it comes back, new and improved, later this year.
New UK Releases for April 2018
This month, two sparkling comedies head to the United Kingdom in their Criterion editions: The Awful Truth, Leo McCarey’s 1937 Oscar-winning screwball classic, and Edouard Molinaro’s subversive 1978 farce La Cage aux Folles. Head over to Amazon t…
“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man
Jim Jarmusch filmed Neil Young recording the score for his 1995 revisionist western. Watch a bit of the never-released footage here.
This Week on the Criterion Channel
In Satyajit Ray’s psychologically rich character study The Hero, Bengali film star Uttam Kumar draws on his real-world celebrity to play Arindam Mukherjee, a matinee idol on the brink of his first flop. When Mukherjee boards an overnight train to D…
In Search of Ozu
Filmmaker Daniel Raim took a pilgrimage to Japan to get his own firsthand look at some of the most iconic objects in the world of Yasujiro Ozu.
This Week on the Criterion Channel
Not long after winning an Oscar last year for Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins joined Criterion’s Peter Becker for an intimate conversation about his journey as a movie lover, the filmmakers who have influenced his style, and the experience of fin…