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Busting Out of the Big House
Busting Out of the Big House

The Criterion Channel’s series of prison-break classics showcases eight masterful takes on this most nerve-wracking of suspense subgenres.

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John Schlesinger’s Cinema of Failures and Outcasts
John Schlesinger’s Cinema of Failures and Outcasts

A gay man in an age when homosexuality was against the law in his native Britain, the Oscar-winning director eschewed political statements in favor of compassionate portrayals of the human condition.

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Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s September 2019 Lineup
Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s September 2019 Lineup

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The Lurid Intensity of Shock Corridor’s Long Takes
The Lurid Intensity of Shock Corridor’s Long Takes

In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, now playing on the Criterion Channel, Professor Jeff Smith breaks down the audacious style of one of Samuel Fuller’s most provocative works.

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Sex, Sin, and Stanwyck
Sex, Sin, and Stanwyck

The early roles of one of classic Hollywood’s most beloved stars epitomize the bawdiness of American cinema before the enforcement of the Production Code.

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A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist
A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist

Critic Farran Smith Nehme introduces the underappreciated films of Frank Borzage, one of golden-age Hollywood’s underrated masters of melodrama.

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In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze
In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze

In his short film Fatherland, the Georgian director pays a visit to Stalin’s birthplace to explore the townspeople’s nostalgia for their long-departed leader.

A Trio of Men on the Margins
A Trio of Men on the Margins

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Paul Schrader, and Gus Van Sant tackle tales of love for sale in a new series on the Criterion Channel.

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Three Patterns of Plot in Vagabond
Three Patterns of Plot in Vagabond

Professor David Bordwell breaks down the interwoven narrative structures that make Agnès Varda’s film so unnervingly ambiguous.

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Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s August 2019 Lineup
Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s August 2019 Lineup

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The Hard-Hitting Films That Made Ida Lupino a Trailblazer
The Hard-Hitting Films That Made Ida Lupino a Trailblazer

An unflinching chronicler of midcentury American society, Ida Lupino was one of the few women who worked regularly as a director in 1950s Hollywood.

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The Movies That Inspire Alan Cumming
The Movies That Inspire Alan Cumming

The Tony-winning actor joins us for a conversation about the films that have shaped his love of cinema, including offbeat favorites by Orson Welles, Hal Ashby, and and Powell and Pressburger.

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A Neglected Reggae Classic Finally Gets Its Due
A Neglected Reggae Classic Finally Gets Its Due

Now playing on the Criterion Channel, Franco Rosso’s underappreciated drama Babylon is one of the most essential portraits of the immigrant experience in British film history.

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From Innocence to Experience: A Conversation with Charles Williams
From Innocence to Experience: A Conversation with Charles Williams

The director of the Palme d’Or–winning short film All These Creatures, which is now available to stream on the Criterion Channel, discusses the challenges of depicting mental illness through the eyes of a child.

The Extravagant Passions of Italian Maestro Raffaello Matarazzo
The Extravagant Passions of Italian Maestro Raffaello Matarazzo

Italian cinema of the 1940s and ’50s may be most associated with the legacy of neorealism, but the tearjerking melodramas of this critically underappreciated director dominated at the box office.

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Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s July 2019 Lineup
Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s July 2019 Lineup

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Spontaneous Play in Parade
Spontaneous Play in Parade

Professor Kristin Thompson takes a closer look at the formal ingenuity and comic dexterity of Jacques Tati’s underappreciated final film.


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Queer, There, and Everywhere
Queer, There, and Everywhere

Now playing on the Criterion Channel, Christopher Munch’s New Queer Cinema landmark The Hours and Times excavates a gay fantasy from the annals of Fab Four lore.

The Angriest Cartoon in the World

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The Angriest Cartoon in the World

David Lynch took his obsession with lost American innocence into bizarre new territory in the cartoon series DumbLand, originally made for his website and now available on the Criterion Channel.

The Pioneering Female Director Who Broke into the Hollywood Boy’s Club
The Pioneering Female Director Who Broke into the Hollywood Boy’s Club

Critic B. Ruby Rich pays tribute to the underappreciated career of Dorothy Arzner, who was the only woman directing movies in the studio system for the majority of her career.

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Nicolas Roeg in His Own Words
Nicolas Roeg in His Own Words

The legendary British director—now the subject of a retrospective on the Criterion Channel—opens up about the creative process behind some of his most provocative works.

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Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s June Lineup
Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s June Lineup

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Sofia Coppola Looks Back on Growing Up Cinephile
Sofia Coppola Looks Back on Growing Up Cinephile

The director of The Virgin Suicides remembers her movie-loving childhood and her formative early encounters with Godard, Resnais, and Prince.

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What Inspired Claudia Weill to Make a Different Kind of Friendship Movie
What Inspired Claudia Weill to Make a Different Kind of Friendship Movie

The director of the landmark independent movie Girlfriends recalls her journey to fiction filmmaking and her desire to go against the grain of women-driven storytelling.

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