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.
10 Things I Learned: Memories of Underdevelopment
The producers behind our edition of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s masterpiece share stories they discovered from researching the film and the turbulent political climate that inspired it.
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.
10 Things I Learned: Festival
1. The first Newport Folk Festivals took place in 1959 and 1960 and were the result of a collaboration between Newport Jazz Festival producer George Wein and Albert Grossman, who at the time were partners in music and artist management. After…
10 Things I Learned: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
1. Before ever setting foot in front of a camera, Ivor Novello found fame as a music composer in 1914 with his beloved wartime anthem “Keep the Home Fires Burning (’Till the Boys Come Home).” Over a million copies of the sheet music wer…
10 Things I Learned: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates
1. As I began work on The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew and Associates, I knew that 1960’s Primary was really the birth of what we think of as the modern documentary: observational photography based on access to an interesting subj…
10 Things I Learned: Black Girl
3. Having received a scholarship to the Gorky Film Institute, Sembène studied film from 1962 to 1963 in the Soviet Union under the tutelage of director Mark Donskoy (The Childhood of Maxim Gorky) and derived much of his knack for creating po…
10 Things I Learned: One-Eyed Jacks
3.Originally, Stanley Kubrick was on board to direct the film. After six months of disagreements, Kubrick announced his departure in the Hollywood press, saying that he intended to spend time on his adaptation of Lolita. But before he could…
10 Things I Learned: A Taste of Honey
6. The influence of A Taste of Honey can be felt in the pop music of the period, including the work of the Beatles, Herb Alpert, and Barbra Streisand, all of whom covered the title song composed for the Broadway version.
Destination Madrid: A Visit to a Film Lover’s Bookstore
Criterion’s resident researcher and web producer takes a trip to Madrid bookstore Ocho y Medio, which she calls “a shrine to Spanish contributions to the seventh art.”
10 Things I Learned: A Brighter Summer Day
1. This week, we’re proud to release our long-awaited 4K restoration of Edward Yang’s 1991 masterpiece A Brighter Summer Day. Long unavailable on home video in the United States, this incomparable work of Taiwanese cinema is now…
10 Things I Learned: My Beautiful Laundrette
6. Following an electrifying screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival, My Beautiful Laundrette ended up bypassing television and instead going straight to theaters, where it played for six months.
Michael Lennick, 1952–2014
Michael Lennick, visual effects supervisor, writer, filmmaker, self described sci-fi geek, and friend of the Criterion Collection, died last week in Toronto. Early in his career, Michael created special video effects for David Cronenberg’s films…
Unused Footage from Hearts and Minds
Only a small fraction of the footage Peter Davis shot for Hearts and Minds made it into his 112-minute Academy Award–winning documentary on the Vietnam War. Davis and his crew filmed hundreds of hours in the United States, Vietnam, and France—s…
From the Eclipse Shelf: Black River
In the 1950s, many Japanese directors made films that urgently reflected the postwar realities of their country, from economic struggle to nuclear fallout. Another common theme was the influence of American culture on Japan, as seen in films by Nagis…
10 Things I Learned: Persona
6. Initially, Bergman was advised to cut from the script the scene where Nurse Alma (Andersson) describes to Elisabet a sexual experience on the beach with a girlfriend and two boys. Andersson convinced Bergman that they must at least film it…
10 Things I Learned: A Man Escaped
1. Director Robert Bresson originally titled his screenplay Aide-toi . . ., a reference to the French expression “Aide-toi et le ciel t’aidera” (“Heaven helps those who help themselves”). He ultimately decided instead to u…
Scorsese Talks On the Waterfront
In this clip from a new interview on our release of On the Waterfront, the Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese talks to critic and programmer Kent Jones about how much Elia Kazan’s masterpiece meant to him as a young moviegoer.