The Current

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History Is Made at Night: Taking a Chance on Love
History Is Made at Night: Taking a Chance on Love

The feeling of freedom in this swooningly beautiful blend of melodrama and romantic comedy speaks to director Frank Borzage’s belief in the invincibility of love.

By Dan Callahan

Walkers in the City: Jules Dassin and Bruce Goldstein in New York
Walkers in the City: Jules Dassin and Bruce Goldstein in New York

With his documentary Uncovering “The Naked City,” beloved Film Forum repertory program director Bruce Goldstein pays tribute to his friendship with the legendary Hollywood auteur and the bygone New York he immortalized on-screen.

By Michael Sragow

Ghosts of the Future: A Conversation with Larry Achiampong
Ghosts of the Future: A Conversation with Larry Achiampong

In a suite of four sci-fi-inflected short films now playing on the Criterion Channel, the British Ghanaian artist imagines a time in which Africa has ascended to prosperity but continues to grapple with the remnants of its colonial past.

By Ashley Clark

My Friend Bertrand
My Friend Bertrand

One of the world’s most passionate cinephiles, Bertrand Tavernier, passed away last month. His longtime friend celebrates the enduring legacy of his filmmaking, his ideas, and his advocacy of underappreciated artists.

By Volker Schlöndorff

Rock and Roll Arrives in Cold War

Songbook

Rock and Roll Arrives in Cold War

Bill Haley and His Comets’ generation-defining hit “Rock Around the Clock” comes through like a seismic, uncontrollable force in Paweł Pawlikowski’s meticulously crafted romance.

By Lindsay Zoladz

Family Affair: The Dinner Scene in Fanny and Alexander

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Family Affair: The Dinner Scene in Fanny and Alexander

The Oscar-nominated director of Another Round tells us why Ingmar Bergman has always been a cinematic role model for him and what he learned from the Swedish auteur’s approach to capturing human behavior.

By Thomas Vinterberg

Defending Your Life: Real Afterlife
Defending Your Life: Real Afterlife

In this comic vision of the great beyond, Albert Brooks finds the sweet spot between the acerbic satire of his early films and the humanism of his later work.

By Ari Aster

Secrets & Lies: Seen and Not Seen
Secrets & Lies: Seen and Not Seen

Mike Leigh’s midcareer masterpiece is one of the finest examples of his ability to construct riveting drama from ordinary life.

By Ashley Clark

The Criterion Channel’s April 2021 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s April 2021 Lineup

Next month, we’re upping the ante with a collection of some of the greatest films ever made about the pulse-racing highs and gutter-dwelling lows of gambling.

James L. Brooks’s Closet Picks
James L. Brooks’s Closet Picks

The director of Broadcast News and Terms of Endearment paid us a visit and talked about some of his comedy favorites, from Oscar Wilde to Albert Brooks.

Shadow Sides: The Spiritual Journeys of Nina Menkes
Shadow Sides: The Spiritual Journeys of Nina Menkes

In her hypnotic, uncategorizable films, the director serves as a channel for images that emerge from deep within her unconscious.

By Sarah Resnick

Life Meets Art in Uptight, Ruby Dee’s Groundbreaking Collaboration with Jules Dassin
Life Meets Art in Uptight, Ruby Dee’s Groundbreaking Collaboration with Jules Dassin

A rare example of a bold political film released by a major American studio, this portrait of the struggle for Black liberation embodied the great actor’s mission to fuse art with activism.

By Ina Archer

Video

Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon
Inside Criterion  – 29 Jun 2020