The Current

A magazine of film culture past and present, with new articles, interviews, and videos published every day

Häxan: “Let Her Suffering Begin”
Häxan: “Let Her Suffering Begin”

Decades before the witch became a staple of horror cinema, Benjamin Christensen used this gothic figure to explore the oppression of women in different historical periods.

By Chloé Germaine Buckley

Häxan: The Real Unreal
Häxan: The Real Unreal

Integrating fact, fiction, objective reality, hallucination, and different levels of representation, this silent masterpiece invented what decades later would be known as the essay film.

By Chris Fujiwara

On the Waterfront

Dark Passages

On the Waterfront

Pessimism, melancholy, and corruption come in with the tide in the greatest seaside noirs, including classics by Josef von Sternberg, Ingmar Bergman, and Marcel Carné.

By Imogen Sara Smith

A Beacon of Movie Love in Tucson

Art-House America

A Beacon of Movie Love in Tucson

Born in 1972, the Loft Cinema is a vital cultural hub that brings an eclectic array of movies and live events to a diverse local audience.

Consuming the Cat: Brenda Lien Calls Out an Internet Fetish
Consuming the Cat: Brenda Lien Calls Out an Internet Fetish

In a short film now featured on the Criterion Channel, the German filmmaker interrogates our insatiable appetite for feline memes and what it says about our consumerist culture.

By Penelope Bartlett

The Art of Lighting a Comedic Thriller
The Art of Lighting a Comedic Thriller

In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, Professor Kristin Thompson explores how Ernst Lubitsch’s satirical masterpiece To Be or Not to Be employs a venerable cinematographic technique: three-point lighting.

Without Motive: The Last Scene in High and Low

One Scene

Without Motive: The Last Scene in High and Low

The director of Audition and First Love dives into the haunting moral ambiguity of Akira Kurosawa’s crime masterpiece.

By Takashi Miike

This Pretty World: The Films of Val Lewton
This Pretty World: The Films of Val Lewton

In their stillness and melancholy, the B-movie masterpieces of one of Hollywood’s most ingenious producers pushed against the official optimism of American culture during World War II.

By Alexander Nemerov

Charlie the Ringmaster
Charlie the Ringmaster

Charlie Chaplin earned a remarkable level of autonomy at the height of his career, but he also cultivated a team of loyal collaborators who helped him bring his dreams to the screen.

By Steve Massa

10 Things I Learned: Local Hero
10 Things I Learned: Local Hero

In the process of researching Bill Forsyth’s culture-clash comedy, producer Kate Elmore found out just how many ardent fans it has—including one legend of British cinema and one former U.S. vice president.

By Kate Elmore

Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios

Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.

Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s October 2019 Lineup
Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s October 2019 Lineup

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

Video

Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Inside Criterion  – 17 Sep 2019

Spotlight

One Scene

In this series of articles, some of our favorite writers and filmmakers highlight key moments in cinema that continue to haunt them long after the credits roll.