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“You Don’t Win, You Survive”: A Guide to Charles Burnett’s Shorter Films
“You Don’t Win, You Survive”: A Guide to Charles Burnett’s Shorter Films

Some of the LA Rebellion icon’s most politically and emotionally resonant stories can be found in his small-scale works, which have long stood in the shadow of his feature films.

How Jérémy Comte’s Oscar-Nominated Fauve Conjures the Nightmare of Boyhood
How Jérémy Comte’s Oscar-Nominated Fauve Conjures the Nightmare of Boyhood

The director of this award-winning short film speaks with us about tapping into his childhood fears and fine-tuning the story’s white-knuckle atmosphere.

A Face in the Crowd: American Character
A Face in the Crowd: American Character

With the current rise of faux-populist demagogues around the globe, this incisive satire of media’s toxic influence on politics is as relevant as it’s ever been.

By April Wolfe

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Harnessing the Entropy of Diamonds of the Night in One Static Image
Harnessing the Entropy of Diamonds of the Night in One Static Image

The artist Sterling Hundley details his multilayered approach to evoking the slipperiness of time and memory for the cover art of Jan Němec’s war film.

A Great LA Auteur Gets Candid in a New Documentary Profile
A Great LA Auteur Gets Candid in a New Documentary Profile

Legendary independent filmmaker Charles Burnett joins fellow pioneer Robert Townsend for a walking tour of South Central Los Angeles, where Burnett’s most acclaimed movies were shot.

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A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight
A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight

In this excerpt from an interview on the edition of Diamonds of the Night, film programmer Irena Kovarova talks about the work of one of director Jan Němec’s key collaborators, Ester Krumbachová.

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Performances

Love in Bloom: Jack Benny in To Be or Not to Be

In the one great film role of his career, the comedian and radio personality used his beloved, minimalist performance style to capture the silliness of human vanity.

By Dan Callahan

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Michael Imperioli’s Top 10
Michael Imperioli’s Top 10

The Emmy-winning actor, best known for his work on The Sopranos, shares his list of Criterion favorites, lavishing special attention on three masterpieces by John Cassavetes.


Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Harry Morgan

Dark Passages

Least Wanted—Film Noir’s Character Actors: Harry Morgan

In Frank Borzage’s Southern Gothic noir Moonrise, the actor captures a heartbreaking mixture of love and fear with his deeply empathetic (and very brief) portrayal of a deaf-mute.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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Diamonds of the Night: Into the Woods
Diamonds of the Night: Into the Woods

Injecting the Czechoslovak New Wave with postmodern rage and formal risk, Jan Němec’s debut feature is a merciless look at human consciousness under siege.

By Michael Atkinson

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Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan
Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan

With a new film in theaters and two early works on the Criterion Channel, the Chinese wunderkind talks with us about the challenges he’s faced while forging his idiosyncratic path through cinema.

By Andrew Chan

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How Julie Taymor Found a Zest for Life in Cinema
How Julie Taymor Found a Zest for Life in Cinema

The acclaimed stage and screen director joins us for the latest installment of Adventures in Moviegoing, our guest-curator program on the Criterion Channel.

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Video

Harold Lloyd’s Ingenious Blend of Slapstick and Horror in The Kid Brother
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