Long Live the Microcinema
With the future of film exhibition more uncertain than ever, several small-scale organizations with highly personal curation are proving they have what it takes to survive against the odds.
In Case You Missed Them: A Year’s Worth of Essential Reading on the Current
Before ringing in the new year, we’re taking a look back at some of the most memorable essays and interviews we published in 2020.
The Self-Created Immortality of Mae West
With her contralto drawl, genius for innuendo, and fierce control behind the camera, this great Hollywood provocateur pioneered a sex-positive cinema far ahead of its time.
Bengali First: The Fierce Commitments of Soumitra Chatterjee
The esteemed actor, who died in November, was far more than the face of Satyajit Ray’s cinema. Always, though, he maintained an unwavering devotion to his roots in Bengal.
Train Ride to Hell: A Shocking Encounter in Code Unknown
The director of Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Nest examines the violence and unexpected humanism in one of Michael Haneke’s most unnerving long takes.
The Deaths and Rebirths of Chris Marker’s CD-ROM Immemory
One of the French auteur’s most immersive art projects finds itself on the brink of format obsolescence, as Acrobat plans to phase out Flash software at the end of the year.
An Anguish at Arm’s Length: Supriya Choudhury in The Cloud-Capped Star
The legendary Bengali actor worked within and against conventions of melodrama to embody the pain of a woman destroyed by her own selflessness.
This Side of Parasite: New Korean Cinema 1998–2009
In the wake of Bong Joon Ho’s internationally beloved hit, a new Criterion Channel series looks back at the explosion of Korean filmmaking that began at the turn of the millennium.
How Curtis Mayfield and Gladys Knight Created a Sound for Working-Class Black America
The deeply introspective music in Claudine brings layers of emotional authenticity and nuance to a portrait of Black love and family.
Fassbinder and Kraftwerk: A Marriage Made in a New Germany
The iconic band’s 1976 song “Radio-Activity” finds a perfect home in the final episode of Berlin Alexanderplatz, providing a musical correlative to the film’s interrogation of national identity.
Subvert Normality: The Streetwise Voice of Linda Manz
The beloved actor, who passed away earlier this month, brought a live-wire sensibility and a genius for improvisation to a small but potent filmography.
The Black Artist Hollywood Couldn’t Buy
One of indie visionary Bill Gunn’s creative partners looks back on the struggles they faced in a racist movie industry and the making of their long-neglected masterpiece Personal Problems.