Dropping in on the Texas Theatre
The movie theater Lee Harvey Oswald ducked into after shooting John F. Kennedy has undergone a reinvention, becoming one of the most exciting cultural hubs in Dallas.
Free the Vagina: A Conversation with Renata Gasiorowska
The sweetness and aggression of female erotic pleasure take center stage in Pussy, an imaginatively stylized animated short now playing on FilmStruck.
Taxi Driver and the Early Days of the Commentary
In one of Criterion’s earliest commentary tracks, Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader talk about how they got lucky with their gripping New York City classic.
Finding Expressive Freedom in Continuity Editing
In a new episode of Observations on Film Art, scholar Jeff Smith examines how The Devil and Daniel Webster plays with the conventions of traditional Hollywood editing.
Marlon James Praises a Gay Cinema Classic
The Man Booker Prize–winning author explains why Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together is the “only effective depiction of a gay relationship” on-screen.
The Lush Technicolor of Black Narcissus
At the height of their creative powers, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger delivered a feast of color with this captivating convent drama. Scholar Kristin Thompson explores the magic of their visual artistry.
2 or 3 Things I Know About Godzilla
A lifelong movie collector remembers the thrill of discovering the granddaddy of all monsters on Super 8.
“The Most Naturally Gifted American Filmmaker,” According to Adam Gopnik
The acclaimed New Yorker writer recalls the Frank Capra retrospective that turned him into a lifelong cinephile.
The Year They Canceled Cannes
A new series on the Criterion Channel looks back at the political turmoil that brought down the 1968 Cannes Film Festival.
Resident Horror: A Conversation with Caroline Monnet and Daniel Watchorn
Drawing on a wide range of influences—from Dreyer to American Horror Story—two Canadian filmmakers use genre conventions to reimagine a tale of real-life injustice.
David Bordwell Shows How Eisenstein Broke the Rules of the Biopic
Painting, dance, and “expressive movement” are key influences that informed one of Sergei Eisenstein’s most underappreciated displays of formal experimentation.
Barry Jenkins Puts a Spotlight on Ruby Dee and Black Power
The Oscar-winning director of Moonlight unearths a largely unknown dispatch from the front lines of the Black Power movement: a searing drama cowritten and coproduced by star Ruby Dee.