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.
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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…
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 …
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
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…