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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.


May 25, 2018
The Lush Technicolor of Black Narcissus
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
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.

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Tavi Gevinson’s Closet Picks
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 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.

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This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
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.

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May 11, 2018
The Year They Canceled Cannes
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
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
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
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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Welcome to Our New Site
Welcome to Our New Site

Check out our first redesign in ten years, with richer publishing, smoother e-commerce, and direct links to FilmStruck—and it even looks great on your phone!

By Peter Becker

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May 3, 2018
Sebastián Lelio’s Top 10

The Oscar-winning Chilean filmmaker picks favorites that highlight his love of intense performances, extreme stylization, and explosive emotions.


May 3, 2018
Barry Jenkins Puts a Spotlight on Ruby Dee and Black Power
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.

A Tale of Two Hiroshimas

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A Tale of Two Hiroshimas

Two of the earliest films to depict the bombing of Hiroshima show how politics shapes national mourning.

Big Changes to My Criterion
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.

Inside Criterion / FYI
Apr 24, 2018
New UK Releases for April 2018
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…

Inside Criterion / FYI
Apr 20, 2018
“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man
“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.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks
Apr 20, 2018
This Week on the Criterion Channel
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
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
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…