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Dropping in on the Texas Theatre
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.

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Free the Vagina: A Conversation with Renata Gasiorowska
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
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.

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Finding Expressive Freedom in Continuity Editing
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.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
This Week on the Criterion Channel
Marlon James Praises a Gay Cinema Classic
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.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
The Lush Technicolor of Black Narcissus
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
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.

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“The Most Naturally Gifted American Filmmaker,” According to Adam Gopnik
“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.

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The Year They Canceled Cannes
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
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
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.

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Barry Jenkins Puts a Spotlight on Ruby Dee and Black Power
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.

A Tale of Two Hiroshimas

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A Tale of Two Hiroshimas

Two of the earliest films to depict the bombing of Hiroshima show how politics shapes national mourning.