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Richard E. Grant’s Closet Picks
Richard E. Grant’s Closet Picks

The Oscar-nominated veteran bags a few favorite movies—and delivers some spot-on impressions of Jeanne Moreau and Dustin Hoffman while he’s at it.

An Opera for Everyone
An Opera for Everyone

Ingmar Bergman expert Peter Cowie discusses the idiosyncratic ways the Swedish master brought the delight of Mozart to the screen.

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Lev Kalman’s Top 10
Lev Kalman’s Top 10

In this list selected with his filmmaking partner Whitney Horn, the codirector of L for Leisure and Two Plains & a Fancy lingers on the weird and wonderful details in some favorite movies.


Charles Burnett Calls Forth the Ghosts of the Old World
Charles Burnett Calls Forth the Ghosts of the Old World

In an interview program on our edition of To Sleep with Anger, the director and his actors discuss the African-American folkloric traditions at the heart of the film.

Transposing To Sleep with Anger to Paint
Transposing To Sleep with Anger to Paint

The Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer took on the challenge of distilling the intricacies of Charles Burnett’s family portrait into a single painting.

A Close-Up on Greg Ruth’s Genre-Infused Portraiture

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A Close-Up on Greg Ruth’s Genre-Infused Portraiture

The artist behind our covers for Notorious, Dragon Inn, and Moonrise shows us how he achieves the simple but hauntingly beautiful effects in his illustrations.

Christophe Honoré’s Top 10
Christophe Honoré’s Top 10

The wildly prolific French director, novelist, and playwright celebrates the films that bring him pleasure and confound his understanding.


Sculpting Tadzio
Sculpting Tadzio

The artist behind the cover of our Death in Venice edition lays out the painstaking process of creating a bronze-like sculpture out of plaster.

That One Time Five Comics Raided Our Closet
That One Time Five Comics Raided Our Closet

Things got a little hectic (and hilarious) when New York comedians Jaboukie Young-White, Lorelei Ramirez, Fumi Abe, Nore Davis, and Tomas Delgado visited the Criterion offices.

Liv Ullmann Recalls “Shattering” Moments on the Set of Shame
Liv Ullmann Recalls “Shattering” Moments on the Set of Shame

While working on Ingmar Bergman’s devastating antiwar film, the actress developed an emotionally intense chemistry with her costar Max von Sydow.

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Raúl Castillo’s Top 10
Raúl Castillo’s Top 10

The star of We the Animals and Looking looks back on the movies that expanded his idea of what cinema could be and made him want to be an actor.


The Real-Life Rage That Fueled Lee Grant in In the Heat of the Night
The Real-Life Rage That Fueled Lee Grant in In the Heat of the Night

In this excerpt from a new interview, the actor talks about how she channeled her political anger in the role of a distraught widow in Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning crime drama.

10 Things I Learned: Mikey and Nicky
10 Things I Learned: Mikey and Nicky

Though it’s taken time for critics and audiences to catch up with it, Elaine May’s gangster film is now widely recognized as one of her most uncompromising explorations of human relationships.

The Criterion Channel Launches on April 8
The Criterion Channel Launches on April 8

We’ve got some exciting news about our streaming service for movie lovers!

Site Updates
Site Updates

We have some improvements coming to the website in the next month. Here’s an update on what we’re working on!

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Karyn Kusama’s Top 10
Karyn Kusama’s Top 10

For her list of favorite Criterion titles, the director of Girlfight and Destroyer celebrates the Hollywood classics, cult pleasures, and art-house masterpieces that inspire her, pairing movies that resonate with each other in style and theme.


Writing with the Body: Mikey and Nicky as an Actors’ Showcase
Writing with the Body: Mikey and Nicky as an Actors’ Showcase

Elaine May populated her gangster-film masterpiece with acting heavyweights who could bring spontaneity to their roles. Critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey talk about her approach to performance in this clip.

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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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