The Current

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Remembering Harvey Milk on His Ninetieth Birthday
Remembering Harvey Milk on His Ninetieth Birthday

The director of The Times of Harvey Milk pays tribute to one of LGBTQ history’s most beloved trailblazers and looks back on the making of the Oscar-winning documentary portrait.

By Rob Epstein

Nellie Killian and Jenny Slate Unpack the Politics of “Listening to Women”
Nellie Killian and Jenny Slate Unpack the Politics of “Listening to Women”

The programmer of the Criterion Channel series Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories talks with her longtime friend about the impetus behind bringing these works of feminist cinema together.

Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance
Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance

Pioneering Hollywood filmmaker Dorothy Arzner brought a rare feminist sensibility to this backstage drama that explores the role of ambition, friendship, and love in the lives of two dancers.

By Sheila O’Malley

The Memory Lane That Runs Through A Kid for Two Farthings

Deep Dives

The Memory Lane That Runs Through A Kid for Two Farthings

Now playing on the Criterion Channel, this underappreciated gem by British master Carol Reed captures the lively, antic spirit of a bustling section of London’s East End.

By Ella Taylor

The Woman Who Invented the Hollywood Screenwriter
The Woman Who Invented the Hollywood Screenwriter

The highest-paid writer in Hollywood at a time when women were at the forefront of shaping the industry, Oscar winner Frances Marion created some of the most unforgettable stories in 1920s and ’30s American cinema.

By ​Pamela Hutchinson

Cleaning Up Spike Lee’s Mixed-Format Masterpiece

Restoration Spotlight

Cleaning Up Spike Lee’s Mixed-Format Masterpiece

Released in 2000, the incendiary satire Bamboozled posed some interesting challenges for our restoration team with its combination of film and digital video.

By Giles Sherwood

The Great Escape: Not Caught
The Great Escape: Not Caught

John Sturges’s POW drama is an ode to ingenuity and cooperation that anticipated a wave of demythologizing war films.

By Sheila O’Malley

The Sweet Taste of Queer Victory in The Times of Harvey Milk

One Scene

The Sweet Taste of Queer Victory in The Times of Harvey Milk

The director of Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project and Spaceship Earth reflects on the power of seeing a moment of pure joy—the defeat of California’s homophobic Proposition 6 in 1978—in Rob Epstein’s classic portrait of Harvey Milk.

By Matt Wolf

Credit Where It’s Due: The Father of the Title Sequence
Credit Where It’s Due: The Father of the Title Sequence

To celebrate the centenary of Saul Bass, we spoke with six contemporary title designers about highlights from his legendary four-decade filmography.

A Dark Vision, in Paper Cutouts: Our Cremator Cover
A Dark Vision, in Paper Cutouts: Our Cremator Cover

The Brooklyn-based design studio La Moutique took the eerie, collage-style opening sequence of Juraj Herz’s film as inspiration for its wildly surrealistic cover design.

By Benjamin Mercer

Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Top 10
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Top 10

The director of Aquarius and Bacurau shares his favorite Criterion releases, paying special attention to unorthodox studio productions and underappreciated masterpieces.

Jean Arthur, the Nonconformist
Jean Arthur, the Nonconformist

A down-to-earth goddess of screwball, this Hollywood legend exuded a disarming mix of toughness and vulnerability, and made her mark as one of the most fiercely independent stars of her era.

By Kim Morgan

Video

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