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Karim Aïnouz’s Top 10
Karim Aïnouz’s Top 10

The director of Invisible Life shares a list of movies that illuminate the possibilities of cinema, including masterpieces he discovered through New York’s art-house scene.

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment

In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, scholar David Bordwell examines the deeply strange horror film Vampyr, which uses popular material as a springboard for innovations in mood and technique.

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A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic

Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.

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Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

See if you can guess what we have coming up in 2020.

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The Criterion Channel’s January 2020 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s January 2020 Lineup

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

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Peter Sarsgaard’s Closet Picks
Peter Sarsgaard’s Closet Picks

The acclaimed actor chatted with us about his fondest movie memories, including his experience of discovering art-house cinema in Catholic school.

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Feminizing the Western
Feminizing the Western

The latest episode of Observations on Film Art explores the subtleties of framing, lighting, and decor that put an antipatriarchal spin on a traditionally male-dominated genre.

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Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted

From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.

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John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting

The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.

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Perfect Crimes
Perfect Crimes

Perhaps the only thing more fun than watching a perfectly executed cinematic heist unfold is watching it unravel, as evidenced by twelve heist-movie classics now on the Criterion Channel.

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All About Mankiewicz
All About Mankiewicz

One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.

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A Bounty of Bette
A Bounty of Bette

No star ever burned more brightly than Hollywood icon Bette Davis, who takes the spotlight this week in an eighteen-film retrospective on the Criterion Channel.

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The Criterion Channel’s December 2019 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s December 2019 Lineup

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Leslie Harris’s Closet Picks
Leslie Harris’s Closet Picks

With her groundbreaking debut film, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., now on the Criterion Channel, the director stopped by to talk about the movies that loom large in her personal canon.

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Karyn Kusama Explores the Allure of Cinematic Fear
Karyn Kusama Explores the Allure of Cinematic Fear

In the latest episode of Adventures in Moviegoing, the director of Destroyer traces the roots of her fascination with genre films and the sociopolitical anxieties they often grapple with.

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Charisma to Burn: Béatrice Dalle’s Incandescent Debut in Betty Blue
Charisma to Burn: Béatrice Dalle’s Incandescent Debut in Betty Blue

The young French actor didn’t require much direction for her first screen role. As the film’s director and cinematographer recall, she quickly proved herself to be a born star.

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How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen
How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen

As the director explains to filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the love story at the heart of the Oscar-nominated drama Cold War has its roots in his own family history.

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A Touchstone of Contemporary Chinese Cinema Makes Its Streaming Premiere
A Touchstone of Contemporary Chinese Cinema Makes Its Streaming Premiere

One of the most acclaimed and ambitious feature debuts in recent memory, Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still is a testament to the power of personal filmmaking.

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A Daytrippers Trio Looks Back on Their Indie Miracle
A Daytrippers Trio Looks Back on Their Indie Miracle

Director Greg Mottola reunites with two cast members of his debut feature—Liev Schreiber and Parker Posey—to reminisce about the joys and trials they experienced on the set of this shoestring marvel.

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Within Earshot: A Conversation with Sorayos Prapapan
Within Earshot: A Conversation with Sorayos Prapapan

Informed by his background in sound design, the Thai director uses audio to explore the absurdities of an oppressive society in his short film Death of the Sound Man, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

Cinema in the Surveillance Zone
Cinema in the Surveillance Zone

A new series on the Criterion Channel dives into the wages of espionage and paranoia through a mix of Hollywood thrillers and art-house dramas.

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Kasi Lemmons’s Top 10
Kasi Lemmons’s Top 10

The award-winning director of Eve’s Bayou and Harriet talks about finding inspiration in psychologically rich character studies and films that break with reality.

John Sayles’s Closet Picks
John Sayles’s Closet Picks

During the production of our release of Matewan, the first Sayles film in the collection, the director paid us a visit and talked about some of his formative moviegoing experiences.

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The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest
The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest

Now featured on the Criterion Channel, MGM’s greatest musicals are filled to the brim with some of the most indelible moments of movie magic ever committed to celluloid.

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