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Shampoo: First as Farce
Shampoo: First as Farce

Seen as a light-hearted farce upon its release, this star-studded comedy by Hal Ashby stands as one of Hollywood’s most prescient portraits of post-Watergate politics.


By Frank Rich

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John Grant’s Top 10

John Grant is an Iceland-based musician whose most recent album, Love Is Magic, is now available via Partisan Records.


The Commentary That Made Home-Video History
The Commentary That Made Home-Video History

Film historian Ronald Haver breaks down one of classic Hollywood’s most iconic action sequences in this clip from our laserdisc release of King Kong.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
Crisis and A Ship to India: Bergman in the Making

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Crisis and A Ship to India: Bergman in the Making

Two early works by Ingmar Bergman show the Swedish master grappling with the conventions of melodrama, which would go on to influence his later explorations of spiritual torment.

By Christine Smallwood

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A Pair of Perverse Shockers, Newly Restored

Repertory Picks

A Pair of Perverse Shockers, Newly Restored

If you’re in the mood for some auteurist horror, be sure to catch Marco Bellocchio’s Fists in the Pocket and Brian De Palma’s Sisters in New York this week.

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What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema

Under the Influence

What Damien Chazelle Learned from Maurice Pialat’s Stumbled-Upon Cinema

The Oscar-winning director of La La Land explains how an early encounter with À nos amours taught him to mix spontaneity and surprise into his own highly stylized worlds.

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Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day: The Utopia Channel
Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day: The Utopia Channel

In a world vulnerable to authoritarianism, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s television epic stands as an example of how an artist can speak to a broad audience about revolutionary politics.

By Moira Weigel

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An Art-House Experience at the Foot of the Rockies

Art-House America

An Art-House Experience at the Foot of the Rockies

A vibrant movie theater in the college town of Missoula, Montana, takes the spotlight in the Criterion Channel series Art-House America.

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
Sex, Drugs, and Showbiz in Massachusetts

Repertory Picks

Sex, Drugs, and Showbiz in Massachusetts

Bob Fosse’s unsparingly autobiographical masterpiece All That Jazz plays at the Coolidge Corner Theatre as part of a series celebrating great music on film.

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Hitchcock, Hopper, and the Penultimate Moment
Hitchcock, Hopper, and the Penultimate Moment

In this new video by Daniel Raim, production designer Robert F. Boyle uncovers how two great artists—Alfred Hitchcock and Edward Hopper—mastered the subtle art of suspense.

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