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The Criterion Channel’s February 2023 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s February 2023 Lineup

Celebrate Black History Month with a collection of films that survey African American history on-screen, a look at literary legend James Baldwin’s cinematic legacy, and a retrospective devoted to the independent trailblazer Oscar Micheaux.

Bright Lights, Dark Dreams: Alejandro Galindo in Morelia
Bright Lights, Dark Dreams: Alejandro Galindo in Morelia

This great director from the golden age of Mexican cinema drew upon a wide range of styles to explore the conflict between tradition and modernity.

By Imogen Sara Smith

This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection: Staying Power
This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection: Staying Power

Filled with evocative images and guided by the unique aesthetic sensibility of the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s film is an exploration of the power of grief that is paradoxically uplifting.

By Zakes Mda

Something Human: A Conversation with Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell
Something Human: A Conversation with Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell

The frequent collaborators talk about their close friendship, the paths that led them to each other, and the artistic values they share.

By Hillary Weston

Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy: Straight to the Bottom of the River
Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy: Straight to the Bottom of the River

One of contemporary cinema’s most provocative filmmakers launched his career with three deeply unnerving, deliriously genre-blending portraits of Europe.

By Howard Hampton

Imitation of Life: On Passing Between
Imitation of Life: On Passing Between

In its ambivalence toward its provocative themes, John M. Stahl’s groundbreaking exploration of racial identity demonstrates the insolubility of Hollywood’s representational conundrum.

By Miriam J. Petty

Their Sounds Were Watching God
Their Sounds Were Watching God

The films in the Criterion Channel collection Free Jazz chronicle the development of a deeply experimental music that has baffled and enthralled listeners in equal measure.

By Harmony Holiday

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Top 10
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Top 10

The Nobel Prize–winning novelist shares a list of films that illuminate his artistic sensibility, including one British classic that inspired him to write his masterpiece The Remains of the Day.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: A Reason to Believe
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: A Reason to Believe

A work of pure, rigorous enchantment, the final film in Terry Gilliam’s “Trilogy of Imagination” employs old-fashioned technical wizardry to bring about its wall-to-wall visual astonishments.

By Michael Koresky

A Year of Essential Reading on the Current
A Year of Essential Reading on the Current

From deeply researched surveys of great filmmakers’ careers to idiosyncratic takes on under-examined corners of cinema history, the writing we published this year offered an array of entry points into the art form we all love.

The Criterion Channel’s January 2023 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s January 2023 Lineup

We’re getting real in January with a spotlight on cinema verité, a movement that revolutionized documentary filmmaking.

Room Tone 2022
Room Tone 2022

With 2022 coming to a close, one of our editors lovingly compiled this montage of the magical moments of silence our crews and collaborators share at the end of every interview.

By Daniel Reis

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