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Fresh Ears on The Inland Sea’s Exquisite Soundscapes
Fresh Ears on The Inland Sea’s Exquisite Soundscapes

Lucille Carra’s lyrical documentary got a sonic makeover when Criterion audio supervisor Ryan Hullings solved two major problems that have followed the film since its release.

By Benjamin Mercer

Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck
Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck

Unapologetic sexuality, comedic brilliance, fiery conviction: the Emmy-nominated actor talks about the qualities that distinguish one of classic Hollywood’s most audacious stars.

By Hillary Weston

Sirk in the Sun

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Sirk in the Sun

The trashy contrivances of Magnificent Obsession give way to brilliant, high-art mise-en-scène in a memorable scene that plays with the theme of lost vision.

By Zach Clark

Foraging in the Bergman Foundation
Foraging in the Bergman Foundation

During two recent trips to Stockholm, one of the world’s foremost Bergman specialists took a dive into a wealth of archival material that raises fresh questions about the Swedish master.

By Peter Cowie

Sex, Sin, and Stanwyck
Sex, Sin, and Stanwyck

The early roles of one of classic Hollywood’s most beloved stars epitomize the bawdiness of American cinema before the enforcement of the Production Code.

Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan

In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.

A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist
A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist

Critic Farran Smith Nehme introduces the underappreciated films of Frank Borzage, one of golden-age Hollywood’s underrated masters of melodrama.

The Inland Sea: Invitation to the Voyage
The Inland Sea: Invitation to the Voyage

In Lucille Carra’s poetic adaptation of a classic travelogue by Donald Richie, an exploration of life in Japan’s Inland Sea becomes a path to self-discovery.

By Arturo Silva

Look Back in Rapture: Il Cinema Ritrovato
Look Back in Rapture: Il Cinema Ritrovato

Bologna’s annual celebration of classic movies is a site of endless discovery, inspiring new ways of thinking about our nostalgia for cinema’s past.

By Imogen Sara Smith

In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze
In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze

In his short film Fatherland, the Georgian director pays a visit to Stalin’s birthplace to explore the townspeople’s nostalgia for their long-departed leader.

By Penelope Bartlett

A Trio of Men on the Margins
A Trio of Men on the Margins

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Paul Schrader, and Gus Van Sant tackle tales of love for sale in a new series on the Criterion Channel.

Video

Danielle Mastrion Gives Spike Lee’s Masterpiece a Brooklyn-Style Tribute
Inside Criterion  – 7 Aug 2019

Spotlight

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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.