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A Feast of Vigo, Newly Restored
A Feast of Vigo, Newly Restored

The complete works of French cinema rebel Jean Vigo are coming to theaters in gorgeous new restorations.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
A Touch of Class in the Comedies of Gregory La Cava
A Touch of Class in the Comedies of Gregory La Cava

The sheer strangeness of wealth and class divisions is fodder for screwball hilarity in Gregory La Cava’s Depression-era masterpiece.

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The Fab Four’s Big-Screen Debut in Santa Monica

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The Fab Four’s Big-Screen Debut in Santa Monica

Travel back to the height of Beatlemania and the swinging sixties with Richard Lester’s infectious rock-movie classic A Hard Day’s Night, screening this weekend at the American Cinematheque.

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Hollywood’s Top Dog

Anatomy of a Gag

Hollywood’s Top Dog

One of cinema’s most charismatic canines shows off his comedic chops in Leo McCarey’s screwball masterpiece The Awful Truth.

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Lucrecia Martel’s Closet Picks
Lucrecia Martel’s Closet Picks

The Argentine master behind such enigmatic, formally audacious films as Zama and La Ciénaga reveals her love of genre cinema.

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My Man Godfrey: The Right Kind of People
My Man Godfrey: The Right Kind of People

Once called “the great directorial genius of Hollywood” by Carole Lombard, Gregory La Cava struck comedy gold with this mix of madcap high jinks, irresistible romance, and social commentary.

By Farran Smith Nehme

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Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water
Finding the Life of the Party in Cold Water

Olivier Assayas revived the spirit of the 1970s in one of cinema’s most evocative party sequences, which serves as the centerpiece of his acclaimed 1994 film.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
The Tree of Life: Let the Wind Speak
The Tree of Life: Let the Wind Speak

The imitation of nature becomes a devotional act in Terrence Malick’s cinema, which reaches sublime heights in this exploration of childhood, memory, and grief.

By Kent Jones

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David Byrne’s Wild Texas Odyssey in Chicago

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David Byrne’s Wild Texas Odyssey in Chicago

The Talking Heads front man mines the extraordinariness of ordinary American life in his surreal genre hybrid True Stories, playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center tomorrow and Tuesday.

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Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life
Traveling Across the Eons in The Tree of Life

Visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass offers a glimpse into the complex process of creating the film’s majestic vision of the cosmos.

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Keeping Score

From melodic theme music to boundary-pushing soundscapes, the wide-ranging art of film scoring takes the spotlight in this selection of articles and videos.