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Dancing Chaplin

Anatomy of a Gag

Dancing Chaplin

In some of his most elaborately choreographed set pieces, the silent-comedy master confronted the chaos of the world with balletic grace and rhythmic precision.

Once There Was Everything
Once There Was Everything

The director of the newly released Columbus takes a close look at how doors open onto philosophical mysteries in the films of French master Robert Bresson.

By Kogonada

On Film / Visual Analysis
Aug 13, 2017
Being There

Anatomy of a Gag

Being There

David Cairns takes a close look at the carefully calibrated minimalism of Hal Ashby’s masterful satire.

Le grand amour

Anatomy of a Gag

Le grand amour

Beloved for his inventive blend of physical humor and emotional warmth, French director-actor Pierre Etaix passed away last October at the age of eighty-seven. In the second installment of our video series Anatomy of a Gag, filmmaker and critic David…

Storyboarding Blood Simple
Storyboarding Blood Simple

Featuring commentary by the Coens, Sonnenfeld, and actor Frances McDormand, this video, created by photographer Grant Delin, highlights the careful planning that went into the film’s construction.

On Film / Visual Analysis
Sep 19, 2016
Godard in Fragments
Godard in Fragments

In the 1960s, pioneering French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard introduced the world to a new cinematic lexicon, generated from his innovative, auteurist style. Between 1960 and 1967 alone, he made fifteen features (beginning with his groundbreaki…

By Kogonada

On Film / Visual Analysis
Feb 10, 2016
Mirrors of Bergman
Mirrors of Bergman

Filmmaker :: kogonada, with a little help from Sylvia Plath, reflects on women and mirrors in the films of Ingmar Bergman, in this exclusive new video essay.

By Kogonada

On Film / Visual Analysis
Feb 12, 2015
Trick or Truth

By :: kogonada

On Film / Visual Analysis
Oct 30, 2014
PlayTime
Eyes of Hitchcock

By Kogonada

On Film / Visual Analysis
Sep 26, 2014
Fosse Time
Fosse Time

All That Jazz echoes the tropes of the classic backstage movie musical, but it’s also a groundbreaking work of cinema, thanks largely to Bob Fosse and editor Alan Heim’s avant-garde approach to editing. In this Criterion video essay, critic Ma…

Judex: There Has Been a Bird
Judex: There Has Been a Bird

In this new Criterion video essay, writer, theorist, and artist Evan Calder Williams looks at Georges Franju’s twisty caper Judex and its relationship to violent twentieth-century history.

Demy Monde
Demy Monde

Film scholar James Quandt created a nearly hour-long visual essay for our new collector’s set The Essential Jacques Demy. Titled Jacques Demy, A to Z, it elaborates on twenty-six concepts important to understanding the cinema of this singular filmm…

On Film / Visual Analysis
Aug 5, 2014
Hands of Bresson

By Kogonada

On Film / Visual Analysis
Jun 17, 2014
The Fox & Mr. Anderson
Blue Christmas
Blue Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But you wouldn’t know it from all of the melancholy Christmas films that have been made over the years. In this video essay, we investigate the longstanding tradition of bleak midwinters at the movies (A …

Bergman’s Dreams
Bergman’s Dreams

It is difficult to think about the cinema of Ingmar Bergman without thinking about the way he explored his own dreams and nightmares on-screen. But until we set out to construct a visual essay focused on the great filmmaker’s dream world, we did…

Listening to La Jetée
Listening to La Jetée

Chris Marker’s La Jetée is the kind of film that haunts the brain. This quality is attributable not only to its unforgettable postapocalyptic imagery but also to its soundscapes, as spare as they are ravishing and mysterious. In this new video es…