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Cinematic and carnal ravishment are sometimes at cross-purposes, as this celebrated American essayist discovered after many fumbled attempts at merging the two.

By Phillip Lopate

Carrie Coon’s Top 10
Carrie Coon’s Top 10

The Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor chooses a list of favorites with an emphasis on unforgettable female performances.

Crash: The Wreck of the Century
Crash: The Wreck of the Century

In one of the most controversial films of his career, David Cronenberg adapts a scandalous J. G. Ballard novel, radically overhauling its story to address a society paralyzed in the headlights of a new millennium.

By Jessica Kiang

Bengali First: The Fierce Commitments of Soumitra Chatterjee
Bengali First: The Fierce Commitments of Soumitra Chatterjee

The esteemed actor, who died in November, was far more than the face of Satyajit Ray’s cinema. Always, though, he maintained an unwavering devotion to his roots in Bengal.

By Mayukh Sen

The Criterion Channel’s December 2020 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s December 2020 Lineup

As the year draws to a close, we’re serving up blasts from Hollywood’s past, visions of an Afrofuturist world, and much more.

Cultivating the Legacy of Cuban Cinema: A Conversation with Luciano Castillo
Cultivating the Legacy of Cuban Cinema: A Conversation with Luciano Castillo

With his deep knowledge of Cuban film history and his tireless efforts to promote it, the director of the Cinemateca de Cuba has been an invaluable resource for our releases of Memories of Underdevelopment and Lucía.

By Valeria Rotella

The Irishman: The Wages of Loyalty
The Irishman: The Wages of Loyalty

Sprawling across more than half a century of American history, Martin Scorsese’s crime saga combines epic ambition with a mood of isolation and dissolution.

By Geoffrey O’Brien

Primary Sources
Primary Sources

With roots in Italian neorealism, Federico Fellini’s beguiling body of work moved beyond that movement to embrace the coalescing of real life and dream life.

By Michael Almereyda

Queer Fear: Dorian the Devil
Queer Fear: Dorian the Devil

In Albert Lewin’s cagey adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, homosexuality is viewed as it was in much of classical Hollywood cinema: as an eerie monstrosity.

By Michael Koresky

Train Ride to Hell: A Shocking Encounter in Code Unknown

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Train Ride to Hell: A Shocking Encounter in Code Unknown

The director of Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Nest examines the violence and unexpected humanism in one of Michael Haneke’s most unnerving long takes.

By Sean Durkin

Moonstruck: Life in the In-Between
Moonstruck: Life in the In-Between

In this highly quotable, opera-infused romantic comedy, Norman Jewison finds endless possibilities in a world dominated by constricting binaries.

By Emily VanDerWerff

Pietro Marcello’s Top 10
Pietro Marcello’s Top 10

The director of Martin Eden chooses a selection of films dear to his heart, including classics that made a deep impression on him in childhood.

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Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon
Inside Criterion  – 29 Jun 2020