Within Earshot: A Conversation with Sorayos Prapapan
Informed by his background in sound design, the Thai director uses audio to explore the absurdities of an oppressive society in his short film Death of the Sound Man, now playing on the Criterion Channel.
The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest
Now featured on the Criterion Channel, MGM’s greatest musicals are filled to the brim with some of the most indelible moments of movie magic ever committed to celluloid.
The Art of Withholding and Revealing in An Angel at My Table
Professor Kristin Thompson explores how director Jane Campion uses a strategy of concealment and carefully orchestrated reveals to create curiosity, tension, and surprise.
The Man Behind the Gore
In the latest episode of Meet the Filmmakers, now playing on the Criterion Channel, director Sean Baker captures exploitation maestro Herschell Gordon Lewis reflecting on his twisted legacy.
Navigating Between Truth and Invention in Frida
When she took on the challenge of bringing the life of iconoclastic surrealist Frida Kahlo to the screen, director Julie Taymor decided to use the love story at the heart of the artist’s biography as a narrative anchor.
Consuming the Cat: Brenda Lien Calls Out an Internet Fetish
In a short film now featured on the Criterion Channel, the German filmmaker interrogates our insatiable appetite for feline memes and what it says about our consumerist culture.
The Art of Lighting a Comedic Thriller
In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, Professor Kristin Thompson explores how Ernst Lubitsch’s satirical masterpiece To Be or Not to Be employs a venerable cinematographic technique: three-point lighting.
Christian Petzold’s Visions of a Divided Germany
Critic Girish Shambu illuminates the political history that animates the work of one of the most exciting filmmakers in contemporary world cinema, now featured on the Criterion Channel.
Rian Johnson’s Category-Defying Favorites
In the latest episode of Adventures in Moviegoing, now playing on the Criterion Channel, the director of Brick and Looper chats with Alicia Malone about the films that shaped his sly approach to genre.
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.
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.
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.
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.