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Richard Haines Gets Messy with Tom Jones

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Richard Haines Gets Messy with Tom Jones

When we asked the beloved fashion illustrator to work on our cover for Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones, he delivered a playful look that matches the film’s modern sensibility.

Riccardo Vecchio Paints Certain Women

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Riccardo Vecchio Paints Certain Women

Go inside the process of creating a Criterion cover with Riccardo Vecchio, who painted the artwork for our edition of Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women.

The Road to Hell: Designing Lone Wolf and Cub
The Road to Hell: Designing Lone Wolf and Cub

The Lone Wolf and Cub film series has its roots in Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s manga of the same name, which was itself a major influence on Western cartooning and illustration in the 1980s. It felt only natural to pay homage to that connection…

Designing for del Toro
Designing for del Toro

When putting together the Criterion editions of Guillermo del Toro’s films, we assembled a talented group of artists, including Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, del Toro collaborator Guy Davis, comic book creator Becky Cloonan, and Russian artist Vani

Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove

The film is is a high-water mark in the careers of its director, actors, and cowriter. But for design nerds, the contributions of Pablo Ferro, who designed the film’s iconic opening credit sequence, are just as notable.

Criterion Designs: Bitter Rice by Ken Laager
Criterion Designs: Bitter Rice by Ken Laager

The film is is a high-water mark in the careers of its director, actors, and cowriter. But for design nerds, the contributions of Pablo Ferro, who designed the film’s iconic opening credit sequence, are just as notable.

Kwaidan by Sean Freeman
Kwaidan by Sean Freeman

Creating the design that graces our cover of Masaki Kobayashi’s haunting set of ghost stories involved inks, a tank of water, and a fair bit of ingenuity.

Blind Chance by Gérard DuBois
Blind Chance by Gérard DuBois

The combination of deep-rooted anger and intellectual trickiness in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film called for an artist with an unusual combination of skills.

Criterion Designs: The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
Les Blank: Always for Pleasure

The challenge of designing this box set was in finding a way to convey both the vast scope of the filmmaker’s overarching project—documenting the unique idiosyncrasies of regions and communities rarely seen on film—and the warm, casual intimacy

Working with Jack Davis
Working with Jack Davis

When it came time to assemble the Criterion release of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, using Jack’s classic art was a no-brainer, and we were thrilled to find the man himself willing to revisit the film and provide new illustrations for the menu

Phone Art
Phone Art

Criterion designer extraordinaire Eric Skillman used a distinctive drawing style of his own devising for our release of Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (and blogged about it here and here). Sitting across from him in a meeting the other day, we …