Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris
The filmmaker behind the short Good Intentions, now featured on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about the long and laborious process of bringing human complexity to her animated puppets.
Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic
How do you tell a story that seems to be over? The director of Marriage Story talks with us about the craft that goes into building a shared history and intimacy between characters whose relationship is already fractured.
Retail Nightmare: A Trip Inside Peter Strickland’s Sensorium
The director behind such audaciously stylized fantasias as The Duke of Burgundy and In Fabric looks back on his formative experiences at repertory movie theaters and department stores.
Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany
A thought-provoking experiment in cinematic form, the new film by Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman meditates on the power of food and community through an innovative mix of truth and fiction.
The Notes in Between: A Conversation with Nicholas Britell
One of the most sought-after composers in film and television opens up about his genre-defying sound and his deeply collaborative relationships with directors.
Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu
In his thought-provoking latest book, the critic and frequent Criterion contributor traces the complex ways European filmmakers have grappled with the influences of Christianity and modernity.
Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck
Unapologetic sexuality, comedic brilliance, fiery conviction: the Emmy-nominated actor talks about the qualities that distinguish one of classic Hollywood’s most audacious stars.
Dead Neighbors: Jim Jarmusch on George A. Romero
With his eccentric new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die coming to theaters, Jim Jarmusch talks with us about the inspiration he drew from the late horror maestro’s postmodern, politically tinged approach to genre.
Anna Biller’s Pleasure Principles
With her films now streaming on the Criterion Channel, the director of The Love Witch gives us an in-depth look at her extravagantly detailed, meticulously controlled visual style.
Joanna Hogg Revisits Her Past Selves
With her first three films now playing on the Criterion Channel, the acclaimed British director digs back into the past to trace the roots of her cinephilia and artistry.
Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan
With a new film in theaters and two early works on the Criterion Channel, the Chinese wunderkind talks with us about the challenges he’s faced while forging his idiosyncratic path through cinema.
A Sit-Down with Mike Leigh
On the occasion of the premiere of his new film, Peterloo, we talked with the British master about what keeps him going as an artist and what he enjoys most about his idiosyncratic process.
Tracing the Roots of Khalik Allah’s “Camera Ministry”
The director of Black Mother explains how the twin influences of hip-hop culture and international art-house cinema brought him to his artistic calling.
Inside La Fémis: Claire Simon Uncovers the Politics of Film School
Who gets to be groomed for a career in the French film industry? Claire Simon’s The Competition takes a look at the grueling admissions process at the country’s most prestigious film school.
Big Bad World: A Conversation with Lee Chang-dong
In the wake of Burning, one of the most critically acclaimed films of last year, we caught up with the great Korean director about what keeps him going as a storyteller.
Wild Child: A Conversation with Sandi Tan
The award-winning director of Shirkers looks back on her memories of growing up as a rebellious teenage cinephile and the movie-besotted culture of her native Singapore.
Missed Connections: A Conversation with Christian Petzold
In quietly simmering dramas that depict solitary characters on the margins of society, German director Christian Petzold brings the ghosts of history into conversation with modern life.
The Many Faces of Hal Ashby: A Conversation with Amy Scott
New Hollywood rebel Hal Ashby takes the spotlight in a new documentary by director Amy Scott, who talks with us about the deep allure of his humanist sensibility.
Through Her Eyes: A Conversation with Babette Mangolte
At a time when women were rarely seen behind the camera, Babette Mangolte created a bold, distinctive aesthetic with a mix of slow rhythms and hauntingly static compositions.
Getting Baseball Right: A Conversation with Roger Angell
The legendary baseball writer talks about the no-nonsense pleasures of one of the all-time great sports movies and the classic essay he wrote about it.