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10 Things I Learned: Raging Bull

While working on our edition of Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece, producer Abbey Lustgarten found out how the director achieved some of the movie’s most evocative visual and sonic effects.

By Abbey Lustgarten

The Evolution of a “Superpig”: Designing Okja, from Start to Finish

Both intimidatingly massive and deeply sympathetic, the creature at the heart of Bong Joon Ho’s meat-industry fable is the product of a close collaboration between the director and artist Jang Hee Chul.

By Curtis Tsui

10 Things I Learned: Rouge

The producer of our edition of the masterful 1987 melodrama tells the stories of some of director Stanley Kwan’s legendary collaborators, including superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung.

By Aliza Ma

A Movie About Leaving Earth

On Earth Day, we celebrate Al Reinert’s For All Mankind, a groundbreaking documentary that is as much a reflection on our planet as it is a chronicle of space travel.

By Jonathan Turell

10 Things I Learned: The Celebration

The producer of our edition of Thomas Vinterberg’s breakthrough film explains how the movie reflects the values of Dogme 95, the movement from which it emerged.

By Jason Altman

10 Things I Learned: The Incredible Shrinking Man

The producer of our edition of this existentialist sci-fi classic shares what she learned about the film’s eye-popping special effects and its vibrant cast (including feline screen star Orangey).

By Susan Arosteguy

10 Things I Learned: Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

The consulting producer of our box-set tribute to one of American cinema’s most uncompromising artists shares some facts she learned about the filmmaker’s eclectic career and global perspective.

By Racquel J. Gates

10 Things I Learned: Visions of Eight

The producer of our edition of this ambitious omnibus film about the 1972 Munich Olympic Games details how its dynamic group of international directors came to be involved with the project.

By Matthew Horovitz

10 Things I Learned: Nightmare Alley

The producer of our edition of Edmund Goulding’s shocking noir dives into the history of its making and its reputation as a “cursed” film.

By Jason Altman

10 Things I Learned: Memories of Murder

The producer of our edition of this unnerving procedural shares details about director Bong Joon Ho’s approach to visual style, his commitment to verisimilitude, and the lengths to which actor Kim Sang Kyung went in order to portray his character.

By Curtis Tsui

10 Things I Learned: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

This portrait of the legendary singer-songwriter on tour in 1975 was nearly a decade in the making. The producer of our just-released edition takes a close look at the special period in Dylan’s career that the film captures.

10 Things I Learned: The Gunfighter

The producer of our edition of Henry King’s brooding western shares interesting facts he uncovered about the veteran director’s career, the origin of the film’s protagonist, and a Bob Dylan song inspired by its story line.

By Jason Altman

10 Things I Learned: Town Bloody Hall

The producer of our edition of Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s landmark documentary shares what she learned about the galvanizing figures at the center of the film.

By Kim Hendrickson

10 Things I Learned: The War of the Worlds

As Criterion producer Karen Stetler learned while working on our new edition, this adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi novel was a career milestone for a wide range of talent, from director Byron Haskin to feline performer Orangey.

By Karen Stetler

10 Things I Learned: Scorsese Shorts

The films showcased in our new collection of early works by Martin Scorsese are deeply influenced by the director’s life in New York City and the experiences of his family and friends.

By Susan Arosteguy

The Grand Budapest Hotel Lobby Travels Back in Time

Watch the lovingly crafted setting of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel transform from its faded glory in the 1960s to its peak opulence in the 1930s.

10 Things I Learned: Leave Her to Heaven

Criterion producer Jason Altman shares how John M. Stahl’s masterpiece broke new ground upon its release in 1945, becoming what many consider the first Technicolor film noir as well as Twentieth Century-Fox’s biggest hit of the decade.

By Jason Altman

10 Things I Learned: Local Hero

In the process of researching Bill Forsyth’s culture-clash comedy, producer Kate Elmore found out just how many ardent fans it has—including one legend of British cinema and one former U.S. vice president.

By Kate Elmore

A Whiff of Polyester: Inside the Odorama Process

The legendary scratch-and-sniff cards that made John Waters’ movie a unique olfactory experience are featured in our new edition of the film. Take a look at how they got made!

10 Things I Learned: Do the Right Thing

The story behind the making of Spike Lee’s masterpiece reveals a lot about the political climate and racial tensions of the era.

10 Things I Learned: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

The producer of our edition of Agnès Varda’s feminist musical explores the film’s roots in the women’s movement and how the director achieved its warm, playful tone.

By Kate Elmore

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.

By Kim Hendrickson

Introducing Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Criterion producer Abbey Lustgarten walks us through the structure and features of a monumental new box set celebrating the Swedish master.

By Abbey Lustgarten

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.