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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.