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New, Independent Criterion Channel to Launch Spring 2019
New, Independent Criterion Channel to Launch Spring 2019

If you loved the adventurous curated programming we’ve been doing with our friends at FilmStruck, we have good news for you.

Ali Abbasi’s Top 10

It’s no surprise that the director of the wildly unpredictable Border, Sweden’s entry for the best foreign-language film Oscar, has a soft spot for renegades like Pasolini, Buñuel, and Lynch.


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A Short-Film Marathon with a Focus on Female Auteurs
A Short-Film Marathon with a Focus on Female Auteurs

A curated selection of five eye-opening early shorts by acclaimed women directors features on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck.

Paul Dano’s First Brush with the Transcendental
Paul Dano’s First Brush with the Transcendental

The actor-director talks about the college film course that introduced him to some of the giants of world cinema, including Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu.

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Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride
Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride

Art director Richard Holland shares the nitty-gritty of how he constructed the infernal torture device in Rob Reiner’s classic fairy tale.

M.I.A. and Stephen Loveridge’s Closet Picks
M.I.A. and Stephen Loveridge’s Closet Picks

The star and the director of Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. show love to politically charged films like Missing and Dheepan, and reminisce about the emotional balm they found in our Janus Films collector’s set.

Jennifer Salt Unravels the Twisted Psychology of Sisters
Jennifer Salt Unravels the Twisted Psychology of Sisters

The actor looks back on her experience on the set of Brian De Palma’s first Hitchcockian thriller and her friendship with costar Margot Kidder.

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Truffaut Goes Wide for His “American” Movie
Truffaut Goes Wide for His “American” Movie

Professor Jeff Smith breaks down how François Truffaut’s loving tribute to the crime genre Shoot the Piano Player uses anamorphic widescreen compositions to stylish effect.

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News About FilmStruck
News About FilmStruck

An important update about our streaming service

Steven Yeun’s Top 10

An international star who has delivered acclaimed performances in The Walking Dead, Okja, and Burning, Steven Yeun tells us about the “wise grace” of Tokyo Story, the brutality of RoboCop, and other Criterion favorites.


Seeing Double with Australian Filmmaker Lucy Knox
Seeing Double with Australian Filmmaker Lucy Knox

The complicated bond between a pair of identical twins takes center stage in the stylish short film An Act of Love, now playing on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck.

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Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?
Is Fassbinder’s Working-Class TV Drama Effective as Political Art?

A public-television commission intended to raise class consciousness, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day inspired heated debates about its political orientation.

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Ping Zhu Harnesses the Wild Energy of Tampopo

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Ping Zhu Harnesses the Wild Energy of Tampopo

With her thick, flowing brushstrokes and eccentric sensibility, illustrator Ping Zhu captured the buoyant flavor of Juzo Itami’s “ramen western.”

John Grant’s Top 10

John Grant is an Iceland-based musician whose most recent album, Love Is Magic, is now available via Partisan Records.


The Commentary That Made Home-Video History
The Commentary That Made Home-Video History

Film historian Ronald Haver breaks down one of classic Hollywood’s most iconic action sequences in this clip from our laserdisc release of King Kong.

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An Art-House Experience at the Foot of the Rockies

Art-House America

An Art-House Experience at the Foot of the Rockies

A vibrant movie theater in the college town of Missoula, Montana, takes the spotlight in the Criterion Channel series Art-House America.

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Hitchcock, Hopper, and the Penultimate Moment
Hitchcock, Hopper, and the Penultimate Moment

In this new video by Daniel Raim, production designer Robert F. Boyle uncovers how two great artists—Alfred Hitchcock and Edward Hopper—mastered the subtle art of suspense.

The Post-9/11 Student Film That Launched Barry Jenkins’s Career
The Post-9/11 Student Film That Launched Barry Jenkins’s Career

The Oscar-winning director got his start with the beautifully atmospheric 2003 short film My Josephine, now streaming on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck.