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My Kind of Clown

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My Kind of Clown

In celebration of Federico Fellini’s 100th birthday, the director of The Farewell talks about the deeply moving final scene of Nights of Cabiria and its mixture of pain and hope.

By Lulu Wang

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The Labyrinth and the Plague
The Labyrinth and the Plague

The chaos of a rapidly changing world and a politically turbulent decade come into focus in a series of science-fiction films made in the 1970s, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Ed Park

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Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie

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Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie

The arrival of sound proved an enormous challenge for the geniuses of silent comedy. But Harold Lloyd, with his unflappable determination, finally made a successful transition.

By Stephen Winer

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Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist
Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist

With a mixture of intuition, craft, and an endless curiosity about how cinema can be used to shock and provoke, the Spanish master left us with a rich body of work that stands as a testament to the power of surrealism.

By Adrian Martin

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Depth of Vision: The Grounded Cinema of William Wyler
Depth of Vision: The Grounded Cinema of William Wyler

The director of Margaret and Manchester by the Sea celebrates Hollywood’s greatest humanist, whose films are featured in a series now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Kenneth Lonergan

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Hidden Gems of the 2010s
Hidden Gems of the 2010s

We asked some of our friends if they had underappreciated films from the past decade that they wanted to champion. Here’s what they chose.

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Near the Beginning of Until the End of the World
Near the Beginning of Until the End of the World

A key collaborator on Wim Wenders’ sci-fi magnum opus, Michael Almereyda shares a personal reflection written while the film was still taking shape in the editing room.

By Michael Almereyda

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Juliette’s Freedom
Juliette’s Freedom

One of Juliette Binoche’s closest collaborators explains how the actor placed herself at the heart of artistic creation, maintaining an independence that allowed her to become a true creative partner to some of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

By Olivier Assayas

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The Fast-Tracked Unreality of Fat Girl

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The Fast-Tracked Unreality of Fat Girl

A boy-meets-girl seduction accelerates at absurd speed in Catherine Breillat’s controversial coming-of-age film, transporting us to a realm beyond naturalism.

By Jessica Hausner

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Bobby Womack Turns Up the Heat and the Soul in Fish Tank

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Bobby Womack Turns Up the Heat and the Soul in Fish Tank

Heard three times in Andrea Arnold’s coming-of-age drama, the R&B legend’s cover of “California Dreamin’ ” highlights the teenage heroine’s yearning for connection and escape.

By Rebecca Bengal

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Mother Monster: Gladys Cooper in Now, Voyager

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Mother Monster: Gladys Cooper in Now, Voyager

Played with icy restraint, the bully at the heart of Irving Rapper’s classic woman’s picture is a prime example of how Hollywood melodramas shaped the archetype of the villainous mother.

By Ella Taylor

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The Ache of Desire
The Ache of Desire

Whether sublimated or made explicit, that longing feeling so specific to the queer experience has always existed in the movies. A new series on the Criterion Channel dives into this richly layered but long-suppressed cinematic history.

By Michael Koresky

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Fever Dreamer: Suzan Pitt’s Feminist Fantasias
Fever Dreamer: Suzan Pitt’s Feminist Fantasias

Taking the spotlight today on the Criterion Channel, the animated work of this legendary multimedia artist is fueled by a wildly surrealist imagination and idiosyncratic perspectives on the female psyche.

By Haden Guest

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Hotel Noir

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Hotel Noir

From the squalid to the generic, cheap hotels serve as a quintessential habitat for the lonely, transitory people in crime cinema.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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MGM’s Stairway to Paradise
MGM’s Stairway to Paradise

With megawatt performers in front of the camera and remarkable talent behind the scenes, the golden-age MGM musical became Hollywood’s most utopian expression of joy.

By Michael Koresky

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The Body Talk in Masculin féminin

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The Body Talk in Masculin féminin

The director of Synonyms reflects on the subtle physicality of Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chantal Goya during one long, meandering conversation in the French New Wave classic.

By Nadav Lapid

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Godzilla’s Conscience: The Monstrous Humanism of Ishiro Honda
Godzilla’s Conscience: The Monstrous Humanism of Ishiro Honda

In the wake of World War II, the director transformed himself from a maker of warmhearted comedies and dramas into one of the most influential architects of the modern disaster movie.

By Steve Ryfle

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A Cantopop Dream Girl’s First Film Reverie

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A Cantopop Dream Girl’s First Film Reverie

Hong Kong pop icon Faye Wong made her screen breakthrough in Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express, a film that also features her hypnotic cover version of the Cranberries’ hit “Dreams.”

By Oliver Wang

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The Silent Gaze in Satyajit Ray’s Almost-Love Story

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The Silent Gaze in Satyajit Ray’s Almost-Love Story

In one of his most underrated gems, now playing on the Criterion Channel, the Bengali master explored the futility of words and the power of a look.

By Terrence Rafferty

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On the Waterfront

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On the Waterfront

Pessimism, melancholy, and corruption come in with the tide in the greatest seaside noirs, including classics by Josef von Sternberg, Ingmar Bergman, and Marcel Carné.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Without Motive: The Last Scene in High and Low

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Without Motive: The Last Scene in High and Low

The director of Audition and First Love dives into the haunting moral ambiguity of Akira Kurosawa’s crime masterpiece.

By Takashi Miike

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This Pretty World: The Films of Val Lewton
This Pretty World: The Films of Val Lewton

In their stillness and melancholy, the B-movie masterpieces of one of Hollywood’s most ingenious producers pushed against the official optimism of American culture during World War II.

By Alexander Nemerov

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Charlie the Ringmaster
Charlie the Ringmaster

Charlie Chaplin earned a remarkable level of autonomy at the height of his career, but he also cultivated a team of loyal collaborators who helped him bring his dreams to the screen.

By Steve Massa

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Jean-Pierre Melville, My Father in the Art
Jean-Pierre Melville, My Father in the Art

Veteran French director Bertrand Tavernier reflects on how one of his greatest mentors fused two seemingly contradictory influences—that of the Resistance and of American genre filmmaking—into a remarkably cohesive body of work.

By Bertrand Tavernier

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