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The Criterion Channel’s October 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s October 2022 Lineup

This October, we’re summoning our demons with an expansive collection of ’80s horror and a roundup of Universal monster movies.

“I Am Muna moto”

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4

“I Am Muna moto

Cameroonian director Dikongué-Pipa’s debut feature is both a manifesto on cinema’s capacity to bring about social change and a celebration of love and its possibilities.

By Aboubakar Sanogo

Prisioneros de la tierra: Tropical Oppression

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4

Prisioneros de la tierra: Tropical Oppression

A high point of early Argentine cinema, Mario Soffici’s 1939 film about the plight of plantation workers is an unflinching examination of exploitation and violence.

By ​Matthew B. Karush

Two Girls on the Street: All Is Lies

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4

Two Girls on the Street: All Is Lies

This melodrama, made by André de Toth in his native Hungary, anticipates the unease of the director’s postwar Hollywood films with an array of radical stylistic choices and jarring visual tensions.

By Chris Fujiwara

Sambizanga: Everyday Revolution

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4

Sambizanga: Everyday Revolution

Sarah Maldoror’s only completed narrative feature tracks the Angolan struggle for independence from Portugal and reckons with the interlocking systems of colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy.

By Yasmina Price

Chess of the Wind: The Glorious Miniature of an Upheaval

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4

Chess of the Wind: The Glorious Miniature of an Upheaval

A long-obscure landmark of the Iranian New Wave, Mohammad Reza Aslani’s daringly ambiguous portrait of feudalism’s demise mirrors the revolutionary times in which it was made.

By Ehsan Khoshbakht

Kalpana: Dreaming the Impossible Dream

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4

Kalpana: Dreaming the Impossible Dream

Uday Shankar’s fantastical dance epic embodies a progressive, postcolonial Indian aesthetic that is decades ahead of its time.

By Shai Heredia

Sound of Metal: Throbbing Eternity
Sound of Metal: Throbbing Eternity

Darius Marder’s Oscar-nominated drama captures the isolation and despair of a man who suddenly goes deaf and struggles in vain to regain his former life.

By Roxana Hadadi

The Artistic Synthesis That Gave Bloom to Our Exotica Cover
The Artistic Synthesis That Gave Bloom to Our Exotica Cover

For this new illustration, Spanish artist David de las Heras combined his signature use of bold colors with the lush style of French postimpressionist Henri Rousseau, a key visual influence on Atom Egoyan’s 1994 film.

By Benjamin Mercer

Owen Kline’s Top 10
Owen Kline’s Top 10

The director of Funny Pages gathers an eccentric list of favorite films, including classics by W. C. Fields, Robert Downey Sr., and Robert Montgomery.

Exotica: Formula for Seduction
Exotica: Formula for Seduction

The Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s strip-club-set drama is an intricate tapestry of grief and trauma, held together by a longing for human connection.

By Jason Wood

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and the Birth of African Cinema
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and the Birth of African Cinema

Deeply influenced by his French education but primarily interested in the representation of African realities on-screen, this long-overlooked visionary approached a variety of subjects with a style both investigative and declarative.

By Akin Adeṣọkan

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