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Dash Shaw’s Top 10
Dash Shaw’s Top 10

The acclaimed animator behind Cryptozoo shares a selection of his favorite films, including works by Godard, Cronenberg, and Almodóvar.

Mona Lisa: Underground Errand
Mona Lisa: Underground Errand

A staple of 1980s British cinema, Neil Jordan’s crime drama considers the slippery characters that inhabit the London underworld.

By Ryan Gilbey

Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life

Studio Visits

Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life

The Los Angeles–based artist behind the covers for our editions of Amarcord and The Awful Truth discusses the evolution of her work.

Now Voyageurs: Il Cinema Ritrovato 2021
Now Voyageurs: Il Cinema Ritrovato 2021

In the thirty-fifth edition of the Italian festival dedicated to restored films, an eclectic lineup underscores the transportive physicality of cinema after a long year stuck at home.

By Imogen Sara Smith

On the Novelistic Afterlife of After Life
On the Novelistic Afterlife of After Life

Translated into English for the first time, this afterword to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s novelization of his film explores the director’s attraction to fiction writing and how the art form differs from narrative cinema.

By Hirokazu Kore-eda

Beasts of No Nation: A Different Kind of African War Film
Beasts of No Nation: A Different Kind of African War Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga’s devastating child-soldier movie unflinchingly captures the shock of war without forsaking the complexity of human experience.

By Robert Daniels

Lessons in Liberation: Ephraim Asili on the Films That Shaped Him
Lessons in Liberation: Ephraim Asili on the Films That Shaped Him

The director of The Inheritance discusses a series he has curated for the Criterion Channel, which spotlights radical films that inspire him and disrupt the status quo.

By Beatrice Loayza

The Criterion Channel’s September 2021 Lineup

Channel Calendars

The Criterion Channel’s September 2021 Lineup

Next month, we’re headed to the Big Apple with a century-spanning survey of New York on-screen.

Ashes and Diamonds: What Remains
Ashes and Diamonds: What Remains

Andrzej Wajda’s masterful portrait of postwar Poland pits Communist ideals against the bitter realities of a new order.

By Paul Coates

The Sound of Silence in Le samouraï

One Scene

The Sound of Silence in Le samouraï

The author of Velvet Was the Night pays tribute to the shockingly stripped-down, dread-inducing use of silence in Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterful neonoir.

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

To the Tune of Mortality: “The Gondola Song” in Ikiru

Songbook

To the Tune of Mortality: “The Gondola Song” in Ikiru

A ballad from the 1910s becomes a precarious way station between life and death in Akira Kurosawa’s portrait of an ordinary man’s final days.

By Geoffrey O’Brien

Original Cast Album: “Company”: The Little Things You Do Together
Original Cast Album: “Company”: The Little Things You Do Together

D. A. Pennebaker turns his camera on Stephen Sondheim and the cast of his breakthrough musical in this revelatory documentary about artists at work.

By Mark Harris

Video

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