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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.

10 Things I Learned: Festival
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”

A Tribute to Michael Cimino
A Tribute to Michael Cimino

In honor of the director, we look back at his quintessentially American narratives.

10 Things I Learned: A Brighter Summer Day
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…

Spending Time with Haskell Wexler
Spending Time with Haskell Wexler

The filmmaker and cinematographer had a lifelong commitment to the camera and how it could be used to foster dialogue and action.

10 Things I Learned: My Beautiful Laundrette
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, 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
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…

10 Things I Learned: Persona
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…

Remembering Alain Resnais
10 Things I Learned: A Man Escaped
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
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.

Donald Richie, 1924–2013
Donald Richie, 1924–2013

Today we mourn the loss of Donald Richie, writer, critic, curator, cultural explorer, and my friend since 2001. I met him when he came to New York to record a commentary track for our DVD edition of Rashomon. It was the beginning of our friendship an…

Talking with John
Talking with John

John Lurie reminisces about making Down by Law and Fishing with John.

10 Things I Learned: Three Colors
10 Things I Learned: Three Colors

1. Krzysztof Kieślowski directed all three films in the trilogy, Blue, White, and Red, in less than ten months (from September 1992 to May 1993).

Remembering Leonard Kastle
Remembering Leonard Kastle

We received the sad news that Leonard Kastle, director of The Honeymoon Killers, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Westerlo, NY, at the age of eighty-two. In addition to writing and directing that film, Mr. Kastle was an accomplished opera comp…

A Visit to James Mangold’s Office
A Visit to James Mangold’s Office

If you’ve read Faber & Faber’s 1998 publication of the Sweet Smell of Success screenplay, you already know from the book’s afterword that director James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted; Walk the Line) studied under the late filmmaker Alexander Macke

At Work with Curtis Tsui on Paths of Glory
At Work with Curtis Tsui on Paths of Glory

I work in the editorial department here at Criterion, and I’ve recently taken it on myself to do a little poking around at the office, to find out what my colleagues have going on and share that with visitors to the Current. Producer Curtis Tsui is…