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My Kind of Clown

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My Kind of Clown

In celebration of Federico Fellini’s 100th birthday, the director of The Farewell talks about the deeply moving final scene of Nights of Cabiria and its mixture of pain and hope.

By Lulu Wang

The Labyrinth and the Plague
The Labyrinth and the Plague

The chaos of a rapidly changing world and a politically turbulent decade come into focus in a series of science-fiction films made in the 1970s, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Ed Park

Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie

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Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie

The arrival of sound proved an enormous challenge for the geniuses of silent comedy. But Harold Lloyd, with his unflappable determination, finally made a successful transition.

By Stephen Winer

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment

In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, scholar David Bordwell examines the deeply strange horror film Vampyr, which uses popular material as a springboard for innovations in mood and technique.

A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic

Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.

Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist
Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist

With a mixture of intuition, craft, and an endless curiosity about how cinema can be used to shock and provoke, the Spanish master left us with a rich body of work that stands as a testament to the power of surrealism.

By Adrian Martin

Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic
Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic

How do you tell a story that seems to be over? The director of Marriage Story talks with us about the craft that goes into building a shared history and intimacy between characters whose relationship is already fractured.

By Hillary Weston

Holiday: Play Mates
Holiday: Play Mates

With the chemistry they perfected in their third collaboration, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant proved they were a match made in screwball heaven.

By Dana Stevens

Depth of Vision: The Grounded Cinema of William Wyler
Depth of Vision: The Grounded Cinema of William Wyler

The director of Margaret and Manchester by the Sea celebrates Hollywood’s greatest humanist, whose films are featured in a series now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Kenneth Lonergan

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

See if you can guess what we have coming up in 2020.

The Criterion Channel’s January 2020 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s January 2020 Lineup

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

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John Sayles’s Closet Picks
Inside Criterion  – 4 Nov 2019