The Current

An online magazine covering film culture past and present

Streetwise/Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell: Qualities of Life
Streetwise/Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell: Qualities of Life

These landmark documentary portraits of intergenerational struggle in Seattle expose social horrors while also revealing the humanity of their subjects.

By Andrew Hedden

Gilded Cage: Robert Ryan in Caught

Performances

Gilded Cage: Robert Ryan in Caught

Postwar Hollywood’s quintessential heavy wields his signature mix of brutality and neurosis to embody an abusive husband in Max Ophuls’s psychological drama.

By Mark Asch

On the Margins: Todd Haynes’s Poison
On the Margins: Todd Haynes’s Poison

This touchstone of nineties independent filmmaking is a reminder that true queer cinema is about taking risks and breaking taboos—an increasingly rare thing in our corporatized entertainment culture.

By Michael Koresky

Nathan Lane’s Closet Picks
Nathan Lane’s Closet Picks

The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor stopped by our offices to regale us with stories and stock up on some of his favorite Hollywood classics.

Restoring Merrily We Go to Hell, One Warp at a Time
Restoring Merrily We Go to Hell, One Warp at a Time

A member of Criterion’s team of digital-restoration artists details how he tackled the biggest challenge he faced while working on Dorothy Arzner’s 1932 film.

By Eric Luszcz

Lois Weber: “It Is Good to Be a Director”
Lois Weber: “It Is Good to Be a Director”

The Hollywood silent era’s leading female director was a meticulous visual stylist whose films were infused with a passion for progressive social values.

By ​Pamela Hutchinson

Yi Yi Through Time and Space

First Person

Yi Yi Through Time and Space

The author of the acclaimed novel Memorial reflects on how Edward Yang’s epic swan song has accompanied him around the world, through different stages of his life.

By Bryan Washington

The Criterion Channel’s June 2021 Lineup

Channel Calendars

The Criterion Channel’s June 2021 Lineup

Next month, we celebrate Pride Month with a host of extraordinary queer-themed films, including underground classics, documentaries, and the latest installment of our ongoing series Queersighted.

10 Things I Learned: Nightmare Alley
10 Things I Learned: Nightmare Alley

The producer of our edition of Edmund Goulding’s shocking noir dives into the history of its making and its reputation as a “cursed” film.

By Jason Altman

Nightmare Alley: The Fool Who Walks in Motley . . .
Nightmare Alley: The Fool Who Walks in Motley . . .

In Edmund Goulding’s gritty cult classic, Tyrone Power casts off his matinee-idol image to play a conniving carnival barker on the flipside of the American dream.

By Kim Morgan

Step by Step: Hideko Takamine in When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Performances

Step by Step: Hideko Takamine in When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Known for her resilient heroines, the prolific Japanese actor finds agency through moments of hesitation in one of her seventeen collaborations with Mikio Naruse.

By Moeko Fujii

Rachel Kushner’s Top 10
Rachel Kushner’s Top 10

The author of The Mars Room and The Flamethrowers shares a selection of her favorite films, including masterworks by Altman, Sembène, and Pasolini.

Video

Isabel Sandoval’s Closet Picks
Inside Criterion  – 3 May 2021