In this ongoing series of videos, contemporary filmmakers talk to us about the movies that have had a lasting impact on their work.
In His Hands: The Audacious Formal Device in Kazik Radwanski’s Cutaway
The Canadian filmmaker explains what led him to center his intensely personal short film, now playing on the Criterion Channel, entirely on images of the protagonist’s hands.
The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate
Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic set in motion a restoration process that led Warner Bros. to discover a nitrate negative that had begun to deteriorate in storage.
The Valedictory Anthem That Takes Us Inside Inside Llewyn Davis
The heartbreaking lament “Fare Thee Well” builds in resonance as it drifts through multiple scenes in the Coen brothers’ folk-fueled drama.
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: The Past Is Present
Once dismissed as overly topical, this New German Cinema masterpiece is now regarded as an enduringly relevant indictment of surveillance capitalism and patriarchal oppression.
Carry That Weight: The Films of Atom Egoyan
The Canadian auteur’s fanatically elaborate puzzle-box narratives invite the audience to discover their hidden meanings and bear the psychological burdens of their characters.
10 Things I Learned: The War of the Worlds
As Criterion producer Karen Stetler learned while working on our new edition, this adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi novel was a career milestone for a wide range of talent, from director Byron Haskin to feline performer Orangey.