In this ongoing series of videos, contemporary filmmakers talk to us about the movies that have had a lasting impact on their work.
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.
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.
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.
The Lady Eve: Sweet Revenge
Hollywood has never produced a comedy more acutely witty, more sexually playful, or more unexpectedly moving than this flawlessly engineered masterpiece by Preston Sturges.
Water and Vessel: The Kung-Fu Movies of Bruce Lee
With his grace, power, and purpose, the martial artist turned himself into a global pop-culture icon, showing audiences what it takes to advance through the everyday labor of life.
Jason Moran Journeys to the Dawn of Jazz Cinema
The celebrated musician dives into the culture and history captured in a new series of jazz short films on the Criterion Channel, which features performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and other legendary artists.
The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire
The first and most influential film adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi classic, this brilliantly imagined vision of apocalypse captured American anxieties at the height of the Cold War.