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Twisted Nostalgia: Chris Isaak in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Performances

Twisted Nostalgia: Chris Isaak in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Gifted with the looks and suavity of a young Elvis, the “Wicked Game” crooner shares with David Lynch an obsession with 1950s Americana—and a knowledge of the darkness at its heart.

By Tim Greiving

The Celebration: How Long Can This Go On?
The Celebration: How Long Can This Go On?

A searing melodrama that lays bare the trauma wrought by white supremacy and privilege, Thomas Vinterberg’s second feature kick-started the Dogme 95 movement.

By Michael Koresky

The Criterion Channel’s January 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s January 2022 Lineup

Ring in the new year with the French New Wave, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and a look back at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.

In Case You Missed It: Our Essential Reads of 2021
In Case You Missed It: Our Essential Reads of 2021

As the holiday season begins to wind down, we’re proud to close out another year in our online magazine by looking back at a few of our favorite essays and interviews.

Parables of Perception: Three Films by Mani Kaul
Parables of Perception: Three Films by Mani Kaul

Misunderstood by many of his contemporaries, this pioneer of Indian art cinema infused elements of traditional art forms into his own boldly experimental style.

By Ratik Asokan

An Evening with Faya Dayi Director Jessica Beshir
An Evening with Faya Dayi Director Jessica Beshir

The Brooklyn-based filmmaker spoke with fellow director Yance Ford on the challenges of making her sublimely lyrical debut feature, one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year.

Pablo Larraín’s Top 10
Pablo Larraín’s Top 10

The award-winning writer-director throws the spotlight on a group of films that serve as inspiration for his work but whose power he finds impossible to replicate.

Kemp Powers’s Closet Picks
Kemp Powers’s Closet Picks

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter of One Night in Miami . . . selects a handful of favorite films, including an animated movie that haunted his childhood and a classic courtroom drama that has influenced his approach to dialogue.

One Night in Miami . . .: In the Room
One Night in Miami . . .: In the Room

Regina King’s feature-film directorial debut envisions the true-life convergence of four prominent Black figures with empathy and moral urgency.

By Gene Seymour

American Families

Deep Dives

American Families

A collage of home-movie footage dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, Alan Berliner’s The Family Album raises questions about how we understand and imagine American life in that era.

By Radha Vatsal

Alphabet Soup: A Conversation with Topaz Jones and rubberband.
Alphabet Soup: A Conversation with Topaz Jones and rubberband.

The filmmakers behind Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma talk about finding inspiration in the Black ABCs, an 1970s educational resource that gave Black students a letter chart reflective of their experiences.

By Beatrice Loayza

The Criterion Channel’s December 2021 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s December 2021 Lineup

Celebrate the holidays with our 21-film Alfred Hitchcock retrospective and a series dedicated to collaborations between female directors and cinematographers.

Video

Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life
Inside Criterion  – 13 Sep 2021