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The Mancini Touch
The Mancini Touch

The music of the legendary, multiple-Oscar-winning composer brought the freedom and anxiety of postwar America to life.

By Nate Chinen

Daddy Longlegs: Presto Magic!
Daddy Longlegs: Presto Magic!

The Safdie brothers drew inspiration from their childhood memories for their first feature as codirectors, a terrifying yet wondrous portrait of an unpredictable father.

By Stéphane Delorme

Eagle Pennell, the Last Cowboy
Eagle Pennell, the Last Cowboy

An indie pioneer whose life was cut tragically short, the Texas filmmaker found grace in the tedium of repressive small-town existence.

By Nadine Smith

Heidi Bivens’s Top 10
Heidi Bivens’s Top 10

The costume designer, known for her work on Inland Empire, Spring Breakers, and Euphoria, reflects on a few favorite movies that have shaped her aesthetic sensibility.

The Criterion Channel’s August 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s August 2022 Lineup

Beat the heat with our extensive survey of Chinese representation in American film as well as tributes to Yaphet Kotto, David Gulpilil, and Myrna Loy.

The Cosmos According to Ulrike Ottinger
The Cosmos According to Ulrike Ottinger

A seductive brew of decadence, dada, and drag, the German director’s fantastical films embrace the possibilities of female visual pleasure.

By Patricia White

Cinema Pugilistica: A Century of Boxing on Film
Cinema Pugilistica: A Century of Boxing on Film

Entwined with the evolution of American culture, boxing movies have used the microcosm of the ring to tackle issues of race, class, gender, and labor.

By Christina Newland

Devil in a Blue Dress: Crossing the Line
Devil in a Blue Dress: Crossing the Line

A brutal critique of the American dream, Carl Franklin’s 1995 thriller explicitly confronts the racialized implications of classic film noir.

By Julian Kimble

Drive My Car: Grace Notes
Drive My Car: Grace Notes

Centered on a grieving theater director and his driver, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Oscar-winning drama is a quiet meditation on the mysteries of communication, the flexibility of truth, and the search for honesty.

By Bryan Washington

An Enigma Made Flesh: Delphine Seyrig in Golden Eighties

Performances

An Enigma Made Flesh: Delphine Seyrig in Golden Eighties

In her last significant film role, the art-house icon reveals an emotional vulnerability previously hidden by her ethereal persona.

By Beatrice Loayza

The Evolution of a “Superpig”: Designing Okja, from Start to Finish
The Evolution of a “Superpig”: Designing Okja, from Start to Finish

Both intimidatingly massive and deeply sympathetic, the creature at the heart of Bong Joon Ho’s meat-industry fable is the product of a close collaboration between the director and artist Jang Hee Chul.

By Curtis Tsui

Raging Bull: American Minotaur
Raging Bull: American Minotaur

Stylistically informed by film noir, Martin Scorsese’s searing drama plumbs male violence and rage through a boxing champ’s self-destruction.

By Robin Robertson

Video

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