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Michael Haneke’s Alienation Effect
Michael Haneke’s Alienation Effect

Known for their austerity and shocking moments of violence, the Austrian director’s first three films cultivate a kind of humanism in their dogged refusal to coddle the viewer.

By John Wray

Making a Scene: Reflections on My Note-Card Method
Making a Scene: Reflections on My Note-Card Method

The director of Amores perros breaks down his creative process with a selection of the note cards he used to construct the film’s character, mood, and rhythm.

By Alejandro G. Iñárritu

The Criterion Channel’s December 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s December 2022 Lineup

We’re closing out the year with a gift bag full of screwball comedy favorites, a wagon train of wintry westerns, and a World Cup–ready team of eclectic football movies.

Lost in the City with the Feelies

Songbook

Lost in the City with the Feelies

In Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens, the odyssey of a New Jersey transplant trying to survive in Manhattan is accompanied by the music of one of the Garden State’s most iconic punk bands.

By Vikram Murthi

Malcolm X: Painting Superman Black
Malcolm X: Painting Superman Black

Spike Lee’s transcendent portrait of an American hero is an urgent call for the nation to live up to everything it claims to be.

By Barry Michael Cooper

WALL•E: Whoooooaaaaaaahhh . . .
WALL•E: Whoooooaaaaaaahhh . . .

Deeply influenced by the classics of silent-era comedy, this vision of a postapocalyptic future celebrates cinema as a universal language that offers us a sense of common ground.

By Sam Wasson

The Daughter of Dawn’s Vanished World
The Daughter of Dawn’s Vanished World

After glimpsing his great-great-grandfather on-screen, a writer searches for the history of a landmark silent film.

By Adam Piron

The Infernal Affairs Trilogy: Double Bind
The Infernal Affairs Trilogy: Double Bind

A box-office success that buoyed Hong Kong’s beleaguered movie industry in the early 2000s, this suite of crime films combines narrative intricacy and moral complexity with an abundance of megastar charisma.

By Justin Chang

The Power of the Dog: What Kind of Man?
The Power of the Dog: What Kind of Man?

In her first film that places a male character front and center, Jane Campion trains her unsparing gaze on the brutality of patriarchal power and the pain of repressed homoerotic desire.

By Amy Taubin

Aubrey Plaza’s Top 10
Aubrey Plaza’s Top 10

The star of Emily the Criminal and Ingrid Goes West chooses favorite films by John Cassavetes, Ingmar Bergman, and other art-house masters.

Decolonizing Australian Cinema: A Conversation with Warwick Thornton
Decolonizing Australian Cinema: A Conversation with Warwick Thornton

The director of Samson and Delilah and Sweet Country discusses his formative artistic encounters, his eclectic professional background, and on-screen Indigenous representation.

By Beatrice Loayza

Daisies: Giggling Generals; One and Two
Daisies: Giggling Generals; One and Two

In one of the most incendiary and formally experimental films of the Czechoslovak New Wave, two mysterious young women uncover humanity’s endless potential for revolt.

By Carmen Gray

Video

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