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Beyond Visible: Gina Prince-Bythewood on the Necessity of Black Women’s Cinema
Beyond Visible: Gina Prince-Bythewood on the Necessity of Black Women’s Cinema

The director of Love & Basketball reflects on more than twenty years of bringing the underrepresented stories of her community to the big and small screen.

By Rebecca Carroll

10 Things I Learned: Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films
10 Things I Learned: Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

The producer of our box-set tribute to one of American cinema’s most uncompromising artists shares some facts she learned about the filmmaker’s eclectic career and global perspective.

By Racquel J. Gates

Revolutionary Artist: Emory Douglas on the Black Panthers and Melvin Van Peebles
Revolutionary Artist: Emory Douglas on the Black Panthers and Melvin Van Peebles

The illustrator behind the cover image of our box set Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films speaks with the edition’s designer about his history-making, boldly political aesthetic.

By Julian Alexander

High Sierra: Crashing Out
High Sierra: Crashing Out

In Raoul Walsh’s elegy for the Depression-era archetype of the noble outlaw, Humphrey Bogart plays an old-fashioned desperado who has outlived his time.

By Imogen Sara Smith

A Screen of One’s Own: Celebrating Artist-Run Cinemas Around the World
A Screen of One’s Own: Celebrating Artist-Run Cinemas Around the World

From Richard Linklater to Isabelle Huppert to Tsai Ming-liang, some of cinema’s most revered artists have shown their commitment to the art form by running art-house theaters with stellar repertory programs.

By Nicolas Rapold

Onibaba: Masks and Faces
Onibaba: Masks and Faces

Kaneto Shindo’s visceral erotic-horror film centers on a dangerous duo of women fighting to survive while men are away at war.

By Elena Lazic

The Horror Gem That Kicks Off Three Cases of Murder

Deep Dives

The Horror Gem That Kicks Off Three Cases of Murder

One of the first recognized female filmmakers to hail from the UK, Wendy Toye delivers the strongest, most chilling vision in this underappreciated omnibus film, which features Orson Welles and Alan Badel.

By Laura Kern

From Her to Eternity: The Enduring Icy Hotness of Deborah Kerr
From Her to Eternity: The Enduring Icy Hotness of Deborah Kerr

The Oscar-winning actor—whose one-hundredth birthday we’re celebrating on the Criterion Channel—embodied a mess of contradictions that have long been obscured by her reputation for unbending rectitude.

By Jessica Kiang

The Criterion Channel’s October 2021 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s October 2021 Lineup

Celebrate the spooky month with our collection dedicated to cinema’s most legendary monsters and a series of chilling home-invasion thrillers.

The Damned: Damned if You Do It
The Damned: Damned if You Do It

Luchino Visconti’s scandalous antifascist melodrama envisions the liquidation of desire with expressionistic panache.

By D. A. Miller

The Story of a Three Day Pass: Ordinary Love

Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

The Story of a Three Day Pass: Ordinary Love

Melvin Van Peebles’s feature debut riffs on the French New Wave to tell a love story that portrays interracial intimacy and unflinchingly confronts the distortions of racism.

By Allyson Nadia Field

Watermelon Man: Melvin in Hollywoodland

Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

Watermelon Man: Melvin in Hollywoodland

Melvin Van Peebles takes aim at Hollywood’s way of representing race in this blistering satire about a white man who wakes up one morning to discover that he has turned Black overnight.

By Racquel J. Gates

Video

Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life
Inside Criterion  – 13 Sep 2021