The Current

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Who’s That Man? Mifune at 100
Who’s That Man? Mifune at 100

An actor of extraordinary physical presence and kinetic energy, Toshiro Mifune was the most widely recognized and transformative superstar in postwar Japanese cinema.

By Moeko Fujii

Show Boat: Rollin’ on the River
Show Boat: Rollin’ on the River

A landmark stage musical receives its greatest cinematic treatment in this beautifully mounted saga that reflects the changing state of race relations across three generations.

By Gary Giddins

The Prince of Tides: The Artist’s Mirror
The Prince of Tides: The Artist’s Mirror

The result of a three-and-a-half-year quest, this Oscar-nominated drama is a high-water mark in the career of one of Hollywood’s most distinguished artists.

By Bruce Eder

Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Top 10
Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Top 10

The Independent Spirit Award–winning director of Premature selects ten masterpieces that introduced him to the beauty of cinema.

The Cranes Are Flying: A Free Camera
The Cranes Are Flying: A Free Camera

A war film that emphasizes personal drama over public platitude, this masterpiece by Mikhail Kalatozov features the vitality and freewheeling cinematic experimentation characteristic of post-Stalin cinema.

By Chris Fujiwara

Manic Mahler

Deep Dives

Manic Mahler

British cinema’s mad genius Ken Russell dispenses with history, chronology, genre, and taste in this wild reimagining of the great composer’s life.

By David Cairns

The Criterion Channel’s April 2020 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s April 2020 Lineup

Check out what’s in store next month on our streaming service!

Leave Her to Heaven: The Eyes of Ellen Berent
Leave Her to Heaven: The Eyes of Ellen Berent

In this Technicolor film noir masterpiece, Gene Tierney stars as one of cinema’s most dangerous and sympathetic femmes fatales, a woman who finds it impossible to conform to postwar gender roles.

By Megan Abbott

Rita Hayworth’s Artful Indecency
Rita Hayworth’s Artful Indecency

Behind her carefully crafted bombshell persona, the great Hollywood actor found ingenious ways of signaling how aware she was of the artifice of her own image.

By ​Pamela Hutchinson

Bamboozled: New Millennium, Same Bullshit
Bamboozled: New Millennium, Same Bullshit

For one of the most provocative and eerily prescient films of his career, Spike Lee confronted the racist neo-minstrelsy that continues to pervade mass entertainment.

By Ashley Clark

A Message from Criterion
A Message from Criterion

An update on how we’ve been doing and what you can expect from us in the coming weeks!

Les Blank Lets the Good Times Roll

One Scene

Les Blank Lets the Good Times Roll

The director of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Wendy finds inspiration in the 1973 documentary Dry Wood, one of his first cinematic encounters with his adopted home of Louisiana.

By Benh Zeitlin

Video

Illustrator Josh Cochran Taps into His Dark Side
Inside Criterion  – 22 Jan 2020