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Victims of Sin: Dancing in the Dark
Victims of Sin: Dancing in the Dark

A masterpiece from the golden age of Mexican cinema, Emilio Fernández’s film is a prime example of the cabaretera film, an offshoot of the popular “prostitute melodrama” genre.

By Jacqueline Avila

Bound: Be Gay, Do Crime
Bound: Be Gay, Do Crime

In this stylish erotic noir, Lilly and Lana Wachowski delight in destabilizing our genre and gender expectations, laying the foundation for the trans sensibility that runs through all their work.

By McKenzie Wark

The Criterion Channel’s July 2024 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s July 2024 Lineup

This summer, we’re bringing back one of our favorite seasonal themes with a hard-boiled Neonoir collection. Plus: Pop Shakespeare, Times Square, and Columbia Screwball.

Querelle: Erogenous Zones
Querelle: Erogenous Zones

A radically strange, postmodern adaptation of a novel by Jean Genet, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s final film is grounded by a sweaty, seething, meaty eroticism—a confrontational sexuality that remains bracing.

By Nathan Lee

The Perverse Magic of Long Ago: John Greyson on His Landmark Film Lilies
The Perverse Magic of Long Ago: John Greyson on His Landmark Film Lilies

The Canadian filmmaker and artist reflects on his award-winning 1996 breakthrough, a work of voluptuous style and fierce political commitment that remains a landmark of New Queer Cinema.

By B. Ruby Rich

Anatomy of a Fall: Seeing and Believing
Anatomy of a Fall: Seeing and Believing

This Oscar-winning courtroom drama revolves around one of director Justine Triet’s most complex creations—a high-achieving female protagonist whose motivations remain tenaciously mysterious.

By Alexandra Schwartz

Girlfight: Taking by Storm
Girlfight: Taking by Storm

In Karyn Kusama’s award-winning feature debut, Michelle Rodriguez delivers a smoldering performance as a young woman who finds in boxing a container for her grief, loss, and rage.

By Carmen Maria Machado

American Cinema’s Sixties Crack-Up
American Cinema’s Sixties Crack-Up

During a period of seismic change in U.S. history, the Hollywood studio system began to fracture beyond repair, resulting in a new freedom in how movies explored themes of violence, psychosis, and social breakdown.

By Will Noah

Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène: History in the Remaking
Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène: History in the Remaking

The Senegalese filmmaker’s steadfast devotion to African autonomy led him to become a foundational contributor to the hard-won, dynamic flourishing of an independent cinematic tradition on his home continent.

By Yasmina Price

Still Standing: A Conversation with Ayoka Chenzira
Still Standing: A Conversation with Ayoka Chenzira

From documentaries and stop-motion animation to multimedia projects, the richly varied work of this veteran director is a testament to her innovative spirit and her commitment to the everyday beauty of African American experiences.

By Tayler Montague

Peeping Tom: He Has His Father’s Eyes
Peeping Tom: He Has His Father’s Eyes

Despite the harsh critical drubbing it received upon its release in 1960, Michael Powell’s lurid tale of obsession and violence is now widely regarded as a masterpiece—and as a key inspiration for an entire subgenre of “slasher” movies.

By Megan Abbott

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Room Tone 2023
On Film  – 25 Dec 2023